Wayne Brady's Crack on Children with Disabilities Begs the Question: Where Should Comedians Draw the Line?

It's happened again.  Another comedian has made a joke at a disabled child's expense, sending many parents and special needs advocates like me reeling. 

This time, it was Wayne Brady, and his victim was Sarah Palin's son, Trig.

In the recent Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne, Wayne Brady walked away having endured insurmountable abuse at the mouths of fellow comedians, but not before he had a chance to bash comedian Jeff Ross by saying he reminds "[Sarah Palin] of what Trig is going to look like when he's 40."

As the mother to a son with cerebral palsy and the niece to an uncle with Down Syndrome, I'm pained by this remark.

But just as I am pained, I am also left wondering what territory is OK for comedians to tackle and what is not.

When is censorship necessary and when does it go too far?  This is what I explore in my recent post, Where should comedians draw the line? 

Care to join the conversation?


Full-time teacher, mommy, and snark. I have humor in my handbag. And tampons.

Catharsis: Parenting and stuff. With mediocrity.


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