"Family Guy" has a way of making it into the headlines. This time an episode involving a student with Down's symdrom who says her mother use to be govenor of Alaska has Sarah Palin railing against her employers sister network, FOX, for allowing the "insult" to air. It turns out, as reported in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, CBS and Wall Street Journal, that the character was not only sympathetic and intelligent, but actress who voiced it has Down's Syndrome.
Actress With Down's Syndrome Tells Sarah Palin OffLOS ANGELES (CBS) ―
Friedman, who is perhaps best known for roles on "Life Goes On" (as Corky's love interest) and "Saving Grace," has Down's Syndrome herself.
She wrote an Email to the New York Times blasting Palin, saying she thought the episode was funny and "I think the word is sarcasm." Palin said of the episode that it had to be the work of "cruel, cold-hearted people." Daughter Bristol said the writers were "heartless jerks."
Friedman, 39, went on to say that in her family "We were taught laughing is a good thing. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life."
The Internet is rife with parts of the letter the Times reportedly chose not to print.
In one section, Friedman reportedly wrote "My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes."