sarah palin, down syndrome and a loaf of french bread

I don't know the back story to this, but I love it. I like it so much, I'm breaking my usual shunning of all things Palin to post it.
Andrea Fay Friedman, the voice actress who played the role of "Ellen" -- the character depicted as having Down syndrome on the Valentine's Day episode of Family Guy, has responded to the criticism of sometime-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Of special significance, Friedman herself has Down syndrome. Palingates has Friedman's complete response:

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in "Smudge" but I was a blonde in "Life Goes On". I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line "I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska" was very funny. I think the word is "sarcasm".

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.

Oh man, I love it!

Thanks to DCeiver. Also from the HuffPo link, an interview with Friedman on a New York Times blog. Very nice.


Jere said...

Yeah this was from a while back and it was indeed awesome. I remember at the time reading about how NYT left out that all important final, hysterical, perfect line from Friedman's response. If you look at the NYT link there you see the response with the last line left out. Terrible job by the Times on that part of it.

L-girl said...

Just a month ago - Valentine's Day.

I see several commenters point out the same thing on Itzkoff's blog. The Times will never print anything like that. If you send in a great letter with a zinger, they will run the letter minus zing. Policy.

Cool that so many commenters noticed and quoted it!

Phil said...

Value of Sarah Palin? Questionable.

Value of Andrea Friedman's comment? Priceless!