New Twist in ‘Family Guy’ Down Syndrome Controversy

by | February 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM | Family Guy, TV News

Andrea Fay Friedman, 'Family Guy' Voice-Over Actress (Photo: The New York Times)

Andrea Fay Friedman, 'Family Guy' Voice-Over Actress (Photo: The New York Times)

Family Guy‘ fans (and critics) could be heard giving a loud-collective “Oh snap!” after reading the latest chapter in the ever-growing controversy that is the now infamous Sarah Palin-Down syndrome episode.

Andrea Fay Friedman, the voice-over actress who played the ‘Family Guy’ character that seemed to be mocking Former Governor Sarah Palin, whose son Trig has Down syndrome, actually has Down syndrome. She’s now speaking out–and is publicly outing Palin as a bore.

The actress doesn’t think Palin has a very good sense of humor. According to Gawker, Friedman wrote a letter to various media outlets:

“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.”

Friedman added, “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 votes.”

For more on the 39-year-old actress and public speaker’s thoughts on the Palin-’Family Guy’ controversy, check out the New York Times’ interview with Friedman.

With Palin calling the ‘Family Guy’ episode a “kick in the gut,” one can only imagine what her response will be to the “loaf of French bread” remark, especially since Friedman points out her animated character was making fun of the former governor, not her son.

“I’m like, ‘I’m not Trig. This is my life,’” the actress said.

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