Morrissey as depicted in ‘The Simpsons’

Further to ‘The Simpsons’ gut-busting take-down of Morrissey….

‘…The Smiths’ “Panic” is an evergreen song about the effects of the political tyranny — it’s strikingly relevant today. But The Simpsons avoids noting the song’s prescience and chooses cheap mockery.

Unlike past Simpsons celebrity parodies (Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith), this pointedly political offense exposes today’s craven showbiz practices. Not surprisingly, Quilloughby was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor who ironically won fame and an Oscar nomination (for playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) through Harvey Weinstein’s influence.

The Simpsons slams Morrissey by ridiculing and misrepresenting his animal-rights stance and repeating media calumny that accuses him of racism. Lisa comes out and says it: “You’re a huge racist!” Lisa’s fractured psyche compels her need to attack others.

When the empowered Left eats itself, no hypocrisy is out of bounds. One cultural institution viciously attacks another. Instead of teaching the complex moral lessons in Morrissey’s art, The Simpsons continues its practice of PC superiority.

….Don’t let press chuckling over this episode get in the way of recognizing its offense. None of the Internet writers are informed enough to mention that Morrissey has had a long battle with the media, at least since the right-on 1991 song “Journalists Who Lie.”

Morrissey won pop-star status — and enemies — for romanticizing unconventional, misunderstood passions. His songs for the Smiths were trailblazing inspiration for the acceptance of social perspectives and emotional sensitivity that cool hipster rock had forbidden….

The Simpsons Tries to Cancel Morrissey (Armond White, Yahoo)

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16 thoughts on “Even Homer Nods

    1. Micko

      One of best things about a Disney+ subscription is the ability to watch all the early episodes again

      The monorail and Hank Scorpio ones are top of my list fo sure

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  1. Donald McCarthy

    Supporting Madness, Morrissey unwisely opened his set with “National Front Disco” but quickly ran off stage as he was pelted with piss-filled bottles. Those in attendance voted it best gig ever.

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  2. Harry

    Morrissey is far too complex of an individual to be pawned off as a right winger.
    Perhaps surprisingly for some , Morrissey’s cover album California Son includes Bob Dylan’s most radical left-wing political song, Only A Pawn In Their Game and it’s one of the best Bob Dylan covers I’ve ever heard.

    A bullet from the back of a bush
    Took Medgar Evers’ blood
    A finger fired the trigger to his name
    A handle hid out in the dark
    A hand set the spark
    Two eyes took the aim
    Behind a man’s brain
    But he can’t be blamed
    He’s only a pawn in their game

    About Medgar Evers
    https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/civil-rights-movements/home/civil-rights-music/masters-of-war

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    1. George

      Wow, he is both opposed to a man being murdered in the 60s and support a far-right party? He must be a centerist.

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  3. U N M U T U A L

    Political Correctness Gone Dad…

    “I used to be with ‘it’, but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ anymore and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary… It’ll happen to you!”

    That Woke Isn’t Funny Anymore?

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