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Bristol Palin: "Family Guy" Producers Are "Heartless Jerks"

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's family is blasting producers of the hit animated TV series "Family Guy" for their recent depiction of a special needs child.

On the episode, a character with Down syndrome tells another character that her mother is the former governor of Alaska.

Palin's daughter, Bristol, came forward with a statement on her mother's Facebook account, speaking out against the show - which she believes made reference to her brother Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome - and calling its producers "heartless jerks."

"People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you'll ever meet," she said in a statement. "Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn't we be more compassionate to innocent people - especially those who are less fortunate?"

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