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Actress defends 'Family Guy'

Sarah Palin was upset with the cartoon series "Family Guy" for having a character with Down syndrome who said she was "the daughter of the former governor of Alaska." Palin's real daughter Bristol called the writers of the show "heartless jerks." But the 39-year-old actress who played the character — and who has Down syndrome herself — criticized Palin for not having a sense of humor. "In my family we think laughing is good," said Andrea Fay Friedman (in photo). "My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life." Gail Williamson, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, which assists films and television series in casting actors with the disability, defended the show's portrayal of the character. "Within 'Family Guy,' the character was fully included, well-rounded, dynamic, not dealing with stereotypical Down syndrome issues," she told the New York Times.

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