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No Longer Sarah Plain and Tall!
Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2010 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr

Posted on 02/22/2010 1:05:59 PM PST by Kaslin

Last week Sarah Palin appeared on Bill O’Reilley’s show discussing a crude joke levied at her on the animated television show - “The Family Guy.” For those who may not have seen either the show itself or the O’Reilly interview, here’s what happened.

In the animated show two Sundays ago, a teenaged character named Chris is romancing Ellen, his classmate. She has Down Syndrome. As Chris delves into Ellen’s background, she makes this statement, “My dad’s an accountant and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.” The fact that the actress who does the voice for Ellen, Andrea Fay Friedman, has Down Syndrome in real life complicates this story. In fact, Freidman attempted to make Palin the bad guy by saying that the former governor has no sense of humor.

In an e-mail statement sent to the New York Times Friedman went on to say, “I thought the line...was very funny. I think the word is sarcasm... My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.” Not a bad statement for an adult with Down Syndrome.

Friedman’s plausible defense of the program is obviously self-serving. Unfortunately, she reminds me of a black comedienne who uses the “N” word in her routine; but would picket any white person who did so.

Even more ironic than the fact the Down Syndrome actress wants to secure her career at all costs, is the fact that the program was aired on the Fox Family Network. The Fox News Network has hired Sarah Palin as a commentator, and is obviously very protective of the governor. This glitch shows that the Fox News Network operates independently from its entertainment branch.

Before I go forward with my comments, let’s take a moment to define Down Syndrome. The WebMD says that most kids with this condition have: “Distinct facial features, such as a flat face, small ears, slanting eyes, and a small mouth, a short neck and short arms and legs, weak muscles and loose joints though muscle tone usually improves by late childhood, and below-average intelligence.”

For my money, Bristol Palin gave the quintessential comment on the matter in a statement on her mother’s Facebook page. Bristol declared: “People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront ... why could anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? ... If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed.”

As the national debate rages about the latest set of tasteless remarks about the former governor and her family, there is a shift in the tone and tenor of the criticism levied against her. The comments about her do not reflect a new level of political persecution; instead they reflect the fact that the ex-governor is starting to reach icon status. Cultural icons like Sarah Palin and Tiger Woods are famous because of who they are - not just because of what they do. Icons don’t just make the news; they are the news. Their fans dote and their detractors perseverate. They fight the harassment of the paparazzi and the gratuitous use of their names and images. Simply sighting an icon can be a life-defining event versus sighting the garden-variety celebrity.

A great example of how one rises from celebrity to iconic ranks is the meteoric ascent of Paris Hilton. Her family name brought her into the limelight and her “jet set” lifestyle made her the envy of everyone on the celebrity party scene a few years ago. Suddenly she stepped into the icon zone. Wikipedia defines her career as follows: “an American socialite, heiress, media personality, model, singer, author, fashion designer and actress.” This means that she has no permanent job other than being a celebrity.

Returning to the assertion that Sarah Palin has become an icon, let me quote Time Magazine, which said last week, “Palin hits the same mystic chords as Clinton. A woman who goes to war against the 19-year-old boy who knocked up her daughter and then posed for Playgirl is far more comprehensible to most Americans than deficit spending is. In her Fox interview with Chris Wallace the day after her Nashville speech, Palin said she'd been focusing more on ‘current events’ since she quit as governor of Alaska.”

Even her political allies are starting to weigh in on the love vs. hate Palin campaign. A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas (Dale Robertson) is warning that the movement “is becoming nothing more than a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.” He goes on to slam Sarah Palin as being a part of “a growing insider's attack to the heart of the Tea Party.”

Contrary to Mr. Robertson’s sentiments, countless newspapers and magazines are hailing Palin as the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement. If these writers are correct, her best selling book Going Rogue may become a manifesto. In addition, her commentaries on Fox may help focus and refine the insights of millions of followers.

Sarah, Plain and Tall is the title of a book and a trilogy of movies known by children everywhere. The award-winning book is a study of the universal themes of loneliness and abandonment. For months many Americans wondered if Governor Palin and her family could survive the rough and tumble atmosphere of modern American politics. Fortunately for Mrs. Palin, her epitaph will not be “Sarah Plain and Tall.” In fact her destiny is to become a culturally defining icon. She will undoubtedly become a role model of what a wife, mother, and citizen can be.

You go girl!!!!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: harryjackson; palin; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 02/22/2010 1:05:59 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
the Fox Family Network

That cracked me up. What is there about the Fox entertainment network that would make it a "Family network"? DOn't get me wrong, almost every TV show I watch is a Fox show, but they aren't like "family" shows.

2 posted on 02/22/2010 1:10:09 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Kaslin

“A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas (Dale Robertson)” I SMELL REAL BS HERE!


3 posted on 02/22/2010 1:10:10 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Kaslin
Even her political allies are starting to weigh in on the love vs. hate Palin campaign. A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas (Dale Robertson) is warning that the movement “is becoming nothing more than a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.” He goes on to slam Sarah Palin as being a part of “a growing insider's attack to the heart of the Tea Party.”

For a writer aat Townhall.cocm this guy is extremely ill informed.

4 posted on 02/22/2010 1:11:48 PM PST by pgkdan (I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Kaslin

See, the line is real, real funny because it is a person with Downs Syndrome who says “My mother is the former governor of Alaska” and Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and — get this— in real life, she has a child with -you guessed it— Downs Syndrome!! Get it??? It’s so effin’ funny. Really.


5 posted on 02/22/2010 1:12:04 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: US Navy Vet

Yep, and a touch of envy on the side...


6 posted on 02/22/2010 1:12:55 PM PST by Badeye (Still pretending Long Island is Manhattan, willie? (laughing))
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To: Kaslin

The Bimbo-in-Chief raising cain over every little farting thing that offends her. No wonder she couldn’t stand the heat in Alaska.

She’ll probably hold Summits at the White House with Jay and Dave for making fun of her too much.


7 posted on 02/22/2010 1:15:15 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: Kaslin

8 posted on 02/22/2010 1:15:51 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: Kaslin
A woman who goes to war against the 19-year-old boy who knocked up her daughter and then posed for Playgirl is far more comprehensible to most Americans than deficit spending is.

Indeed. I love Palin because she is real.

9 posted on 02/22/2010 1:16:10 PM PST by LiberConservative (Obama: the "corpse man" president.)
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To: Kaslin

You guys owe Trig an apology.

10 posted on 02/22/2010 1:16:31 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Anyone can fib. It takes an intellectual to tell a really big lie.)
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To: Onerom99

Get a life!


11 posted on 02/22/2010 1:17:10 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: SlowBoat407
WTH?

Mind explaining your post?

12 posted on 02/22/2010 1:17:33 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Onerom99

Hey Onerom99, been around since Feb. 14, 2010. I think I smell a troll here!


13 posted on 02/22/2010 1:18:04 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: San Jacinto

R O T F L M ... wait, what? What were we talking about?


14 posted on 02/22/2010 1:18:21 PM PST by HiJinx (Don't squat with yer' spurs on, a'ight?)
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To: TChris

He doesnt need to - you can see it in his face!


15 posted on 02/22/2010 1:18:44 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only blind and destructive.)
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To: San Jacinto

I don’t get the joke. Are they saying Palin had an affair with an accountant and gave birth to this down’s child? Was the child ridiculed in any way? Or was the joke about Palin resigning as AK gov and going after all the money she could get her hands on? It’s too obscure for me and if you have to explain the joke, it isn’t funny to start with. But I miss how this was ridiculing the kids.


16 posted on 02/22/2010 1:20:54 PM PST by metalcor
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To: SlowBoat407

LOL! I forgot about the family guy writers!


17 posted on 02/22/2010 1:22:00 PM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: Kaslin

A jest that delivers hurt to it’s intended victim is no jest at all.

That’s not the exact quote, and I don’t recall who uttered it, but it’s close enough for purposes of this discussion.

I don’t really know what the motivation of the Downs’ woman who spoke this line, but her ill attempts at defending it point to an upbringing I’d rather not be a part of.

But, hey, maybe that’s just me!

CA....


18 posted on 02/22/2010 1:22:19 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: Onerom99

At least you’ve accepted that she will be President.


19 posted on 02/22/2010 1:22:46 PM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: TChris
Mind explaining your post?

South Park exposed the real writers of "Family Guy" - a bunch of manatees.

20 posted on 02/22/2010 1:23:00 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Anyone can fib. It takes an intellectual to tell a really big lie.)
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To: San Jacinto

I found no humour in this line at all. I am amazed that anyone would find this humourous at all. It was cruel.


21 posted on 02/22/2010 1:25:24 PM PST by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: Onerom99

Why don’t crawl back into your little uninformed troll hole? Your comments are just plain stupid. If you were trying to be funny, you weren’t.


22 posted on 02/22/2010 1:25:24 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: SlowBoat407
Ahh.

Gotcha.

I very, VERY rarely watch South Park -- I've seen maybe 4-6 episodes -- and I've never seen Family Guy.

23 posted on 02/22/2010 1:27:38 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: 2nd Amendment

Try 2007.. Nice reading ability from the Palin-bots.


24 posted on 02/22/2010 1:29:39 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: Onerom99

That reminds me, whatever happened to the Viking Kitties? Because we need a zot right her, right now!


25 posted on 02/22/2010 1:32:46 PM PST by ushr435
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To: Onerom99
Funny that several of you PDS critters showed up here in early 2007, just about the same time Bambi was starting his Senate non-term and his presidential campaign.

Coinkidink???

26 posted on 02/22/2010 1:33:59 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Onerom99

my apologies, you’re still a troll! This Huntress of the North, Jean D’arc of conservatism has more common sense in her little finger than the rest of the Democrat-marxists and RINOS put together!


27 posted on 02/22/2010 1:33:59 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: Onerom99

Bimbo in chief, eh? I respect her right to stand up for herself from the continuing barrage of venom spewing from the media. I suggest you take a long walk off of a short pier.


28 posted on 02/22/2010 1:34:00 PM PST by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: free me
I was not at CPAC this year but last year I saw groups who were not conservative including Ron Paul's HIGH TIMES disciples, RINOs, Mohammedan “free-enterprisers”, etc.

This year it apparently got even worse. While I was disappointed that she did not speak to CPAC ‘09 she would probably be well-advised to skip them all.

29 posted on 02/22/2010 1:34:27 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Onerom99
It's okay, slunk. Nobody expects you to be smart or funny. Imagine how dull the world would be if everyone was smart and funny? The world needs imbeciles, and losers, and self-touchers, too. See? It's okaaay!

Does mommie know you're using the grownups' computer, hon?

;-/

30 posted on 02/22/2010 1:35:16 PM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: LiberConservative

I would sure love to see any evidence that Sarah Palin has said anything about Levi Johnston that could be seen as ‘going to war’.
She told Oprah she wished he would come to Thanksgiving Dinner, but didn’t really expect him to.

Please do give some citations so we can see if this slur is true or just more childish deception and name calling.


31 posted on 02/22/2010 1:36:43 PM PST by BillM
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To: Onerom99

One does have to be thick skinned in politics. But that doesn’t mean you can’t call out classless Aholes on their behavior.

I’d be willing to agree with your comment IF liberals got the same treatment - they don’t. IF the press called them out for their crude slams - they don’t.

In reality, it is the libs that cry out over every little imaginary offense, and are roundly supported by the press.


32 posted on 02/22/2010 1:38:08 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: Onerom99

During the campaign, Sarah Palin was revered by families who have Down Syndrome kids. She was touched by the response from those families and promised to help them. She is doing what she promised.


33 posted on 02/22/2010 1:39:08 PM PST by tropical
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To: Onerom99
Since you stepped in it so thoroughly, does $hit reduce the fungal infection between the toes?

And when tempted to speak of Palin-——STHU

34 posted on 02/22/2010 1:40:44 PM PST by W. W. SMITH
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To: W. W. SMITH

Sorry for telling the truth.. Keep your hands over your eyes.

Maybe Sarah and Barack can get together and work on a new play for taxing windfall profits. They are both experts on that.

Or maybe she has another pet project she needs. Perhaps she should get together with the current mayor of Wasilla and see if its possible to raise sales taxes to fund it.


35 posted on 02/22/2010 1:43:28 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

If you are to be taken seriously as a candidate you cannot be whining and moaning over every little insult fired your way. Especially when that insult is from an adult-cartoon that takes pot-shots at EVERYBODY.


36 posted on 02/22/2010 1:44:57 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: SlowBoat407

If you intended no malice, you might want to proffer an explanation. For those of us who don’t watch the show, your comment coupled with that picture provokes ire.


37 posted on 02/22/2010 1:45:47 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: Onerom99

So, a private citizen has to ask you what is permissible. No one is allowed to earn a living as an author???

Give me a break. Hilary was involved with ‘It takes a Village’ while living in the Whitehouse for gosh sakes.

You PalinPounders are delusional.


38 posted on 02/22/2010 1:47:01 PM PST by BillM
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To: Kaslin

Truth be told, I had to be informed that this even happened. I gave ‘Family Guy’ a try many years ago. It didn’t take five episodes before I realized it was just Seth McFarland acting our his unresolved need to be the bad boy in every situation. There is no humor in this show, just insults and acting out. The sad part is, my children watch it all the time. They don’t like that I don’t like it and won’t watch it. I’ve actually left the room when they have tuned to the TV to it. But I can’t get them to stop watching. I’m worried.


39 posted on 02/22/2010 1:47:31 PM PST by BelegStrongbow (Dear Leader: you have two ears and one mouth. Start using them in proportion.)
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To: Onerom99
Let me guess... your real name is Alex Moreno, but the "boys" at The Blowhole on Berritannia call you "Licks" for short, right?

;-/

40 posted on 02/22/2010 1:48:04 PM PST by Gargantua (DON'T TREAD ON US.)
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To: metalcor

I don’t get it, either. I don’t see why the Trigger has to be in the news and the character saying that her mother was the former gov. of Alaska certainly put him in focus, but I didn’t think it was offensive.


41 posted on 02/22/2010 1:48:14 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s easy to see why liberals attack Down Syndrome babies - they can’t fight back.


42 posted on 02/22/2010 1:49:32 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: SlowBoat407

Thanks.


43 posted on 02/22/2010 1:49:42 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: BillM

Where in my post did I say anything about her being an author?

I am CONVINCED that Palin-Bots can’t read after seeing some of the responses to my posts.


44 posted on 02/22/2010 1:50:09 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: W. W. SMITH
And when tempted to speak of Palin-——STHU

Why, exactly?

This is a person who is being touted as a potential POTUS.

Is her image really so brittle that it cannot withstand the sort of rough talk that is so commonly used here against any number of other candidates and office-holders, both male and female?

What, precisely, are you trying to protect? Do you really want a president who has to be protected against people who say mean or inappropriate things?

45 posted on 02/22/2010 1:51:14 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Onerom99

If someone clicks on your name and then clicks on ‘in forum’, they can read all your posts.

You seem to be fixated on Palin. What’s wrong? Did she fire you once, or is she just more likely to win the nomination than your favorite, Haley Barbour?


46 posted on 02/22/2010 1:53:24 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Onerom99

It seems to bme that’s where the money being objected to is coming from.


47 posted on 02/22/2010 1:56:54 PM PST by BillM
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To: Onerom99

Hey, onea**hole, the insults are not being fired at her but at her children - and in this case her 1 year old child with Down’s syndrome!
Bit different from her being “thick-skinned” in the political world.
Name one other candidate/politico who has had their infant children ridiculed.
What a classless sh**head you are!!!


48 posted on 02/22/2010 1:57:32 PM PST by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: Onerom99
I am of the opinion that political expression, free speech includes a swift beating, no broken bones or ruptured organs but a quick reminder that words have consequences.

SSSOOOOO where are you?

49 posted on 02/22/2010 1:59:44 PM PST by W. W. SMITH
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To: pgkdan

townhall is as bad as politico.

LLS


50 posted on 02/22/2010 2:00:24 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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