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Published:February 19th, 2010 20:46 EST
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Sarah Palin Should Stop Exploiting Trig

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"An actress with Down Syndrome who did the voiceover for a cartoon character that spurred Sarah Palin`s latest accusation of unfairness toward herself and her family has chided the former Governor of Alaska for her humorless response.

Andrea Fay Friedman, 39, a veteran actress with Down Syndrome, voiced a similarly-afflicted character in a Family Guy episode who announced her mother was "the former governor of Alaska," to which Palin reacted indignantly.

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Friedman says that the line was `very funny,` that `I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor,` and that her own 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.`" Read More


The Family Guy episode that got Sarah Palin`s designer panties in a twist features the character Chris interested in a young woman with Down syndrome. On a date, he ask her what her parents do for a living. She replies: My dad`s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.

That was a funny line that didn`t include the word "retard" that makes Sarah Palin`s blood boil. There was no reason for Palin to wax indignant, but the former Governor of Alaska never misses a chance to score political points by exploiting Trig`s Down syndrome.

I have often observed how Palin uses Trig as a political prop, carrying the innocent child with her to political functions. Palin uses Trig the same way some politicians use a Bible as a prop - remember the photo ops of Clinton walking into a church with a Bible?

I love Friedman`s line in which she states: 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.

Palin doesn`t treat Trig like a sentient being, but as a prop that will win her sympathy and votes. Sarah Palin is a retard if she thinks intelligent people won`t notice how she is exploiting her son.

As a society we`ve come a long way in recognizing that people with Down syndrome should be treated with respect. We`ve made this progress in spite of insensitive clods like Palin who treat children with special needs as inanimate objects.

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