The Simpsons has been no stranger to controversy within the last few years. A lot of the controversy surrounding the landmark cartoon since around 2017 – and probably long before that – has been regarding Hank Azaria’s portrayal of Apu, whom has since been retired. Following that, additional characters have been recast, going to people of color. And now, the show is catching fire of a different kind.
Last night, an episode titled Panic On The Streets Of Springfield aired. The episode featured a “depressed British 80’s rockstar” character, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, whom closely resembled Morrissey. Towards the end of the episode, the character Quilloughby was painted as overweight, racist, and (most shocking to Lisa Simpson), a meat-eater. After the episode, Morrissey’s manager Peter Katsis has made their disapproval of the portrayal of the character known.
Check out the full statement below.
“Surprising what a “turn for the worst” the writing for The Simpson’s tv show has taken in recent years.
Sadly, The Simpson’s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors.
Poking fun at subjects is one thing. Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire.
But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here.
Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist.
They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves.
Simpson’s actor Hank Azaria’s recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding “structural racism” says it all.
Unlike the character in the Simpson’s “Panic” episode…….
Morrissey has never made a “cash grab”, hasn’t sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and strong supporter for animal rights.
By suggesting all of the above in this episode…the Simpson’s hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all.
Truly they are the only ones who have stopped creating, and have instead turned unapologetically hurtful and racist.
Not surprising…… that The Simpsons viewership ratings have gone down so badly over recent years. – Peter Katsis“