Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Whereas some people have come out to tell Governor Palin to lighten up about the "Family Guy" episode, insisting it was just a joke and she needs to get a sense of humor, one "Family Guy" actor has come out to express his objection to the joke. Good for him!
Lisa de Moraes of Washingtonpost.com reports:
Not everyone who works on Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy" is standing in solidarity with its Valentine's Day episode's Sarah Palin gag.
Cast member Patrick Warburton told TV critics Wednesday he objected to the joke.
"I know it's satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me too," Warburton said on a conference call to promote his other primetime show, CBS's sitcom "Rules of Engagement," which returns for a fourth season on March 1. (On "Family Guy" Warburton does the voice of the wheelchair-bound police officer, Joe.)
"I know that you have to be an equal-opportunity offender, but there are some things that I just don't think are funny."
The former Alaskan governor/GOP vice presidential contender and her daughter Bristol lashed out at the show and at "Fox Hollywood" network over the episode, in which a teenaged girl character with Down syndrome say her mother was a former governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin's youngest son has the same condition.
Series creator Seth MacFarlane shrugged it off with a statement about the show being an "equal-opportunity offender."
Warburton appears to be the first person involved with the show in any way, shape, or form who has publicly broken ranks.
"Look, I have fun. I like Seth. He's got a great comic mind and I think that the show can be fantastically funny. But I do believe that it can be hurtful at times," Warburton said in response to a question about the episode posed by WaPo Team TV's "Family Guy" bureau chief Emily Yahr.
Warburton is to be commended for speaking up on behalf of decency, something that so many others seem to lack whenever it comes to the Palins. It's not easy to take the stand that he has taken when others have voiced an entirely different perspective. Not many others would do it. As for me, if I'm going to call out those who do wrong, I'd better be just as willing to thank those who do right--and I am. I extend a big "thank you" to Warburton for being man enough--and just plain human enough--to do the right thing.
Read the full article and all of Warburton's comments here.