Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote of the Day


"I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor.... In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. 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."

-- Actress Andrea Friedman, who played the voice of "Ellen" on Family Guy and who actually has Down Syndrome

19 comments:

SteveR said...

Hah! That's great! I guess you need Down Syndrome to be a real person!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Hear, hear! Way to go Andrea!

Tammie said...

good for her!

as a side note: i didnt realize who that gal was until i saw this, but ive actually seen her in other things. i think law and order....anyway, shes a really, really good actress.

Jeremy said...

Nice. I love that she, herself, says, "I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son" and "I was doing my role, I’m an actor. I’m entitled to say something."

I actually went to Hulu and watched the episode, and, in his own sarcastic way, I think the point McFarlane was trying to make was "people with Down Syndrome are first and foremost people," and as Chris found out, they can be just as demanding, rude, and entitled as any other person.

From a guy like McFarlane, this might as well be a love letter. "I respect you enough to treat you as crappy as I'd treat any other category of person."

The Baroness von Froberg said...

It was an episode of SVU and I thought she was great on it, too. Of course it was really heavy-handed because subtlety isn't really the show's strong point, but the whole point of the episode was that her character had a mind of her own, was capabable of making her own decisions and forming her own opinions, and didn't need someone else doing that for her.

I know that people are going to disagree with this statement from her, and I don't think people should blindly agree with her any more than I think they should blindly agree with Palin, but I don't know if anyone from that community has actually told her that she isn't an automatic mouthpiece for everyone just because of her son. She might listen, she might not -- but I think it's important that this was said, and maybe it will help some people realize that they aren't obligated to agree with Palin just because of Trig.

Mart said...

Whole quote is too risqué for the NY Times to publish.

http://tiny.cc/mTe7u

Che Grovera said...

Love the quote, hate the fact that it is acceptable coming only from a person with Down's Syndrome. We're all thinking it, but coming from anyone else it's only fuel on the Palin fire. Although given Palin's hypersensitivity and grandiosity, maybe she'll take on Ms. Friedman as well.

Alanna said...

that is so awesome. And I think I remember her playing corky's girlfriend!

Anonymous said...

excellent smackdown. I loved that the show wasn't afraid to have a character with DS who was also an a**hole too. typically, characters with DS are portrayed too often, may I say, in a politically correct light, which imo is too simplistic for all the varieties of human nature that are out there and if you're telling stories, one goody-goody style of portrayal just gets boring. poking fun at that was overdue. and we have family friends who have a son with DS and they will admit that he could be a real bastard at times ... part of learning how to cope was overcoming the misguided notion that someone with DS was nice all the time and that you had to be "nice" and doormat-ty all the time when you interacted with them. treat 'em like real people like you would anyone else was the ticket, possibly with some additional methods to account for certain DS behaviours, but otherwise... most people don't really get ds anyway.../off my soapbox

Kristen said...

Here she is on Life Goes On
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCIh_pQ2edc

Riles said...

This is THE BEST thing I've heard in a long time.

domesticdisturbia said...

She is totally my new idol. She schooled Palin, it rocks.
And yea, she was awesome on that SVU episode. Her boyfriend on that episode was Chase from 24 a couple of seasons ago, I think.. and she totally out-performed him.

babita781 said...

Right! She was on SVU and Life Goes On. But Andrea is an incredibly high functioning person with Down's Syndrome. I'm no Palin fan, it just wasn't funny. There is sooo much to laugh at with her, this joke didn't fit and wasn't funny. Not offended, just like to laugh.

CNNfan said...

I am a fan of Alanna.

Alanna said...

CNNFan! you're a creepster! take that Morticia Addams-style avatar (what did you do to my lips!? do I look goth to you?) down.

You crazy, son!

CNNfan said...

Goth? Are you kidding me? You look gorgeous! OK. You have a point about being Prettier Than Christina Ricci.

If you insist on worrying about it, Yes, I'll take down my new Redhead Goth Alanna Fan Avatar.

In answer to your question:

You're right, redheads can't wear red lipstick. But a fashion misstep like that does not make somebody a creepster or crazy.

CNNfan said...

No worries.

Gnaius said...

I'd be tempted to say this is the start of a "Cripple Fight!" (per South Park), but really, there'd be only one real cripple in the fight - and it ain't Andrea.

Alanna said...

CNNfan you are a pisser!! And you're right - redheads cannot wear lipstick well. And I'm not offended but I was creeped out by the picture. I look dead in that photoshop version :)