Andrea Fay Friedman is my hero right now. On Thursday, Friedman made national headlines for doing something not altogether uncommon these days. Namely, for pointing out what a nincompoop Sarah Palin is. What sets the 39-year-old actor and public speaker apart from most of Palin’s critics, however, is the fact that she has Down syndrome. Notably, Ms. Friedman lent her voice talent to a character with Down’s in a recent episode of Fox’s animated series “Family Guy.” The show was subsequently condemned by Palin. Ms. Friedman’s response to Palin’s attack cannot be improved upon, so I’ll get out of the way now and let her e-mail to the New York Times speak for itself:
“My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in “Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On.” 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. 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 and votes.”
In her interview with Dave Itzkoff, Freidman clarified:
“I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.”
I think most of us got that part, Ms. Friedman, but I’m glad you set the record straight for the former governor. She can be pretty slow on the uptake.