Sarah Palin added "Family Guy" to her hit list. (Getty Images)
Sarah Palin is now the self-appointed judge, jury and executioner of the court of Political Correctness. She heaped her latest guilty verdict on the popular TV cartoon show "Family Guy." On Monday night, a character with Down syndrome said:
"My dad's an accountant, and my mom's the former governor of Alaska."
On Tuesday night, Palin -- whose son Trig has Down syndrome -- told Bill O'Reilly:
"This world is full of cruel, cold hearted people who would do such a thing."
Yet she said it was fine when Rush Limbaugh said:
"Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards ... I mean these people, these liberal activists are kooks."
It was fine for him to say "retard" because he was making fun of Rahm Emanuel, Palin said. He wasn't making fun of a person with a disability; that's "satire" and that's OK. It was different when Emanuel said it behind closed doors, Palin said -- even though he wasn't making fun of people with disabilities either. She called for Emanuel to be fired over it. Apparently his remark didn't make the cut as satire.
"Family Guy" is a satire, but that doesn't count either, according to Palin. To her it's not funny. She asked O'Reilly Tuesday night:
When are we going to be willing to say, you know, some things just aren't funny?"
It's tough to keep up with Palin's logic. But there's no need to. Her shtick obviously isn't about logic. It's about condemning people who disagree with her, period.
If she really cares about being respectful of people with Down syndrome and other cognitive challenges, she would speak up against anyone -- including Limbaugh -- who uses language that belittles the disability to shame others, regardless of the target. The R-word, as she calls it, is a childish insult that simply should not be used in any context. Shame on Sarah for making it OK for her cronies to use it.
We think the "Family Guy" is mean-spirited too. But, unlike Palin, it holds every target to the same offensive standard. Here's the particular clip that offended her: