Fresh on the heels of actor Hank Azaria push to make amends for his three-decade portrayal of the Indian character Apu and the recent Matt Groening political correctness campaign, comes a new one The simpsons “scandal.” Apparently, no matter what efforts are made to be inclusive, there will always be someone to take offense. Forever-emo Morrissey a speak about the “tough hate tactics” of the recent episode “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” which pokes fun at the former Smiths frontman.
Panic follows Lisa as she dreams of a new imaginary vegan friend Quilloughby (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), inspired by a “depressed 1980s British singer” who once sang in The Snuffs. However, when she finally sees the real Quilloughby at a gig, she finds him as a bitter, washed-out rocker who can’t let go of the good old days.
Watch Cumberbatch portray a cutting edge elitist Morrissey:
Quilloughby sings during the concert: “Close your eyes you wankers.” Can’t you see this show is just a cash grab? I’m only here because I lost my fortune suing people for saying things about me that were completely true. You can laugh while I enjoy this rye pastrami … I was [vegan] until I learned that veganism was invented by aliens, of which there are far too many on this planet. It’s true, I hate foreigners: coming to this country, taking our jobs and sleeping with our men.
The somber singer did not remain silent in the face of the excavations at his racist opinions on the Chinese people or their support for British far-right policies. Morrissey’s manager Peter Katsis went so far as to post a declaration on Facebook by asserting, among other things, that the Simpsons writers “are the only ones who have stopped creating and instead become hurtful and racist”. Quite an accusation coming from the manager of a singer who declared, “Everyone ultimately prefers their own race.”
Everyone is critical. Some of these critics happen to be pretentious fanatics.
Laurén Alexa acts as a social content producer and journalist for AWN.