(2/28 9:09 a.m. UPDATE: Someone pointed out that I had a “not” in this post which muddied the whole meaning of the sentence in question and detracted from one of my main points, which is that were I in charge of Family Guy I would not have dropped in the nugget alluding to Trig Palin. Sorry for the confusion.)
This is very amusing. Some time ago I “became a fan of Sarah Palin” on Facebook, just for the eerie, irony-charged thrill of seeing “Kevin Beck became a fan of Sarah Palin” on my profile. This page includes close to 1.4 million fans, who surely contribute no fewer than 10 million IQ points to society at large.
Recently, the FOX animated show Family Guy, well known for crossing every line in sight, featured an episode in which teenage lunkhead Chris Griffin developed a crush on a classmate with Down syndrome. While on a date with her, Chris asked her what her parents did. The girl replied that her mother was a former governor of Alaska, an obvious reference to the fact that Palin’s youngest son, Trig (who apparently should have simply been named Arithmetic), has Down syndrome. Palin quickly responded, as expected, as did her oldest daughter Bristol, and posted her response on her Facebook page.
I never thought I would write this, but I have to say as a great fan of Family Guy that if I were Seth MacFarlane or another of the show’s writers, I would have left that tidbit out. I can’t stand even the sight of Sarah Palin, much less her voice and the garbage she uses it to expel, but I don’t see taking a shot at her as a mother like that as necessary. There are hundreds of other ways to deliver her some solid shots without mentioning the fact that she delivered a kid with two extra chromosomes, mental retardation, and the guarantee of a diminished lifespan.
Anyway, when I noticed the Facebook post and the over 10,000 overwhelmingly supportive (if barely readable) responses, I had to chime in. What I wrote was not especially pernicious. I wish I’d saved it, but it was very close to “Karmic justice. The show went over the top for sure, but Sarah Palin eagerly and continually puts herself in a position to be mocked, most recently by ripping Obama for using a teleprompter while herself reading notes jotted down on her own palm.” There were a few more aggressive and unkind comments, but most were like this one:
What ever happen to good moral’s, love of God and country. Thank you Sara and your family for standing up for what is right.
Some waterhead sent me a private message later in the day. We had this exchange:
Gary White February 17 at 8:34pm
I can see why you are single, makingfun of children with disabilities is pretty sick.
Kevin Beck February 17 at 8:53pm
Only problem with that analysis, tough guy, is that I have never made fun of people with disabilities. I do mock people who are *functionally* disabled, like the lying, drooling Palin troglodyte and her cross-eyed and slack-jawed teabagger supporters, but that’s different. But your concern is duly noted.
Gary White February 17 at 10:36pm
I guess I don,t understand your problem with this issue,and why you are on this facebook page.
Kevin Beck February 17 at 11:17pm
I don’t have a problem with it. Sarah Palin and her legion of screaming halfwit fans are the ones with the grievance. And as far as my commenting there, last time I checked there was no rule stating that being a supporter of Palin was a prerequisite for joining the page. You probably noticed that I wasn’t the only one who doesn’t exactly feel sorry for her. The Family Guy writers may have crossed a line, but Palin has consistently put herself in a position to be a target of scorn through her lying, her whoring out of her family for political expediency, and her tireless streams of general bullshit.
The amusing thing is that the hordes of illiterates occupying her Facebook page probably think that she actually has a shot at being the president in 2012. She’s a joke even within her own party and should just stick with Fox “News” and Facebook.
Anyway, I noticed that the notification on my profile that I had posted a comment on Palin’s house of horrors had disappeared. I went back to the comment thread and sure enough, my commenting privileges had vanished. The moron’s minions had scrubbed my comment and banned me from any shot at a second try. Meanwhile, far less innocuous comments remained. My guess is that the Gary White hominid reported my comment out of spite, since I can’t see how it would have been noticed floating in a huge lunatic sea of 10,000 other contributions. It doesn’t matter, though. The comment strings on Palin’s page resemble gatherings of irate fifth-graders coming off ketamine. It’s no secret that low intelligence is a sine qua non of Palin fandom, but to actually see that much evidence collected under one virtual roof is, in a sick sort of way, enchanting. Proper spelling and punctuation are assiduously avoided and talk of God is predictably rampant.
There’s a saying in chemistry: “Like dissolves like.” Similarly, someone with the blunted intellect of Sarah Palin could attract the support and admiration only of people of equally low or lower intellectual wattage. I don’t know where these idiots hide out in the flesh-and-blood world, because I, fortunately, very rarely encounter them.