February 16, 2010 11:46 AM
Sarah Palin Calls Family Guy Joke a "Kick in the Gut"
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is continuing to use her high profile to bring attention to instances of misuse of the word "retarded" and disparaging portrayals of the mentally challenged.
(AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
Early today, Palin responded on Facebook to an episode of the Fox television show "Family Guy" that poked fun at Palin, whose son has Down Syndrome. The episode (you can watch a clip of it here) features a mentally challenged character who says her mother is the former governor of Alaska.
Palin said the episode "felt like another kick in the gut." She provided a statement from her oldest daughter Bristol, who wrote, "Shouldn't we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community?"
Earlier this month, Palin said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be fired for an incident in which he referred to a group of liberals as "F-ing retarded." However, when conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh repeatedly used the word "retard" in a pejorative manner on his radio show, Palin chided the incident but on "Fox News Sunday" this week dismissed it as satire. She also refrained from asking her ally Texas Gov. Rick Perry to fire his top campaign consultant for demeaning use of the word.