Did you guys catch the last episode of Family Guy? If not, check out the clip above. It’s a scene where Chris goes on a date with a mentally retarded girl, who uhhhh, kinda sorta happens to be the daughter of a former Alaskan governor? While Sarah Palin’s name is never mentioned, an animated retarded girl claiming that her mother is a former Alaskan governor is a pretty clear jab.
The subject of Sarah’s son Trig’s downs syndrome has been in the news quite a bit. It’s unfortunate that Sarah Palin is so disliked, and I say that only because her mentally handicapped child is a target of meanies and people with grade-school senses of humor. Don’t get me wrong, I hate that woman too, but as if we really needed to give people another reason to use the word “retarded” as a pejorative, right? I can’t say I’m guilt-free, I occasionally use the word myself (I blame my suburban Massachusetts upbringing, sad to say. I heard the words “wicked retarded” far too many times as a youngster), but I know it’s wrong and feel incredible guilt when I do use the word. Normally I think Family Guy can be pretty spot-on with their topical humor (or at least gut-bustingly funny in a slightly cheap way), but this feels like it’s going a bit too far and perhaps pandering to the wrong audience. What do you think?