Monday, May 9, 2011

Sarah Palin and Down Syndrome Jokes

#MothersDayTweets What is worse? Having down syndrome or having Sarah Palin as your mother?!/Stewie_Griffinn/status/66986745471836160

I found the above on Twitter. I am not sure who owns the Twitter account. I do not think it is own by the tv show. I do not think Seth MacFarlane is stupid enough to make another joke about Sarah Palin's son. But anyway it does not matter who owns the account. That's not the issue here. Why do some people think it's OK to make a joke about Sarah Palin's son? There seams to be no rules, no limits when it comes to attacking Sarah Palin. I have no problem with the stuff Tina fey does, in fact I think most of it is funny. But people who make Down Syndrome jokes are sick.

Sarah Palin is very tough, but she is only human. Every mother worries about their child's future. Will they be happy, will they have good friends, how will this world treat them? And when you have a child with Down Syndrome or some other condition you worry ten times more. When you see people being so cold and cruel to make Down Syndrome jokes. It has to put some fear in your heart for your child's future.

There  is a related story that happen a few years ago in the UK.  A husband and wife who had a kid at home with Down Syndrome went to see a stand up comic.  During the show he made jokes about people with Down Syndrome.  The text below is from  her blog.

The blog says: 'Frankie Boyle spent a good few minutes making joke after joke about people with DS. And they weren't even clever or funny jokes either... I expected dry, nasty, crude humour, yes, but unimaginative humour poking fun at the stereotype of people with Down syndrome was not something that I expected.

'The more jokes he made, the harder I found it to stay unemotional and detached. My husband noticed and asked if I was OK. At which point Frankie noticed him talking to me and came over (oh how I wish I had not booked front row seats).

'He asked why we were talking during his show. I wanted the ground to swallow me up. I have never felt so small, so stupid, so emotional and to be honest so pathetic. How can a stranger make me feel like that?

'So I told him that my five-year-old daughter has Down syndrome and that I was simply upset at some of his jokes. He tried to laugh it off, "Ahh, but its all true isn't it?" to which I replied no, it wasn't.

'He then went on to say that it was the most excruciating moment of his career but then tried to claw the humour (?) back by saying we had paid to come and see him and what should we expect.

'To which I replied that I understood that and that it was my personal problem/upset. He then said it was the last tour ever and that he didn't give a f***.

'He was obviously unsettled by the episode, but nothing like the way I felt. I truly have never felt so small.. I don't feel that I did my daughter any justice at all.

'I wish that I had managed to explain to them all why I was upset, to tell them how wrong the stereotypes about Down syndrome are. I wanted to show them how proud I am of my daughter, to tell them about how well she is doing at mainstream school.

'To show them the hundreds of pictures I have of her, so that they can see how pretty she is, that she wears pretty clothes and that she does not have bad hair (well apart from when she has put toothpaste or Marmite in it anyway).

'I wanted to break through their prejudices and to show how wrong the stereotypes are. But instead all I did was make people think I was someone who couldn't appreciate live stand-up comedy. Which isn't the case at all.'

The girl in the photo below is there daughter.

link to UK story

other related stories

Letter to Sarah Palin

Attacking Trig and Sarah Palin: “Not Very Smart”

Wonkette Removes Offensive Post Attacking Trig Palin, Apologizes

Larry Flynt Calls Palin's Down Syndrome Son 'Brain Dead Vegetable



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