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'Family Guy' Actress With Down Syndrome Diffuses Sarah Palin's Latest TV Outrage

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 23rd 2010 10:00AM
Family Guy, Down Syndrome, Sarah PalinSarah Palin, a media gadfly who seems to have found more things to be offended about on television than the Parents Television Council, seems to pop up every time there is a joke about her and her family.

This time, Ellen, a character with Down syndrome voiced by actress Andrea Fay Friedman who also has Down syndrome, goes on a date with Chris and says that her mother is "the former Governor of Alaska." This sent the Palin family into an anger spiral that prompted her to trash the show and characterize it as an attack on her young son Trig, who also has Down syndrome, and everyone suffering from mental illness.

However, what Palin and the rest of the outraged among us fail to realize is that they suffer from a far greater disability: a lack of a sense of humor.

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Seth MacFarlane: 'Down Syndrome Actress Doesn't Need Sarah Palin's Pity' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 22nd 2010 12:20AM
Real Time With Bill Maher, Seth MacFarlane, Sarah PalinBlend together Seth MacFarlane, Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin, and a Down syndrome actress, and things are probably going to get a little touchy.

On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), MacFarlane discussed a 'Family Guy' clip depicting a character with Down syndrome talking about her parents -- an accountant and the former Governor of Alaska.

The actress who voiced the part actually has Down syndrome and released a statement. "It was basically saying Sarah Palin has no sense of humor," said MacFarlane. "What Sarah Palin, I think, was doing was coming out and saying 'I'm here to defend you,' and what Andrea the actress had said was 'I don't need you to use this piece of cartoon footage to inspire phony pity for me, because I'm very happy and very content with my life.'"

Thoughts on this? Is the 'Family Guy' clip funny or offensive? Was Palin right to try and defend the actress?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Glee - Wheels

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 12th 2009 12:29AM
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If you're a Glee fan already -- a Gleek -- this episode is going to hit you in the sweet spot. If you're not a Glee fan, do yourself a favor and go online and watch this one (when it's available). It's just that good.

It may be coincidental, but the focus was on the school and the music. And plenty of character development with Puck, Kurt, and especially Sue. There was no football, no Slushees, no Emma and definitely no Teri. It's looking like Glee is best when Mr. Schu's personal life is off camera. I haven't missed the Mrs. one bit. More after the jump.

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