Sunday’s episode, titled “Panic On The Streets Of Springfield,” sees 8-year-old Lisa Simpson change into enamored by a British singer from the Eighties, voiced by visitor star Benedict Cumberbatch with lyrics by “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie. After she will get sucked into his moody, sardonic lyrics, she adopts the singer as her imaginary buddy.
Though the fictional star is named Quilloughby and regardless of author Tim Lengthy telling Stereogum that the character is impressed by many 80s rockers comparable to Robert Smith from the Treatment and Ian Curtis from Pleasure Division, viewers surmised the Smiths frontman Morrisey was closely used to craft the character.
Because the episode goes on, Lisa will get tickets to see the modern-day Quilloughby play, studying that the years have turned his edgy, pessimistic outlook on life right into a xenophobic, meat-eating jerk who’s prepared to carry out a reunion live performance as a “money seize” after suing individuals who stated imply issues about him over time.
Morrisey’s Fb web page, which Yahoo Leisure notes is run by his administration firm, Deckstar, initially appeared excited for the parody episode, sharing a promotion for it on the web page. Nevertheless, after it aired, they clearly took discover of the adverse portrayal and responded with a prolonged and harsh rebuke of the present.
“Shocking what a ‘flip for the worst’ the writing for The Simpson’s television present has taken lately,” the put up started. “Sadly, The Simpson’s present began out creating nice perception into the trendy cultural expertise, however has since degenerated to making an attempt to capitalize on low cost controversy and expounding on vicious rumors. Poking enjoyable at topics is one factor. Different reveals like SNL nonetheless do an important job at discovering methods to encourage nice satire.”
The put up went on to explain particular cases within the episode that the singer took subject with.
“However when a present stoops so low to make use of harshly hateful ways like displaying the Morrissey character together with his stomach hanging out of his shirt (when he has by no means seemed like that at any level in his profession) makes you surprise who the actual hurtful, racist group is right here,” the assertion continued. “Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, with out mentioning any particular cases, affords nothing. It solely serves to insult the artist. They need to take that mirror and maintain it as much as themselves.”
The assertion went on to debate the current apology that Hank Azaria made for voicing the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon after years of backlash from the Indian-American group sparked by a 2017 documentary.
“Simpson’s actor Hank Azaria’s current apology to the entire nation of India for his position in upholding ‘structural racism’ says all of it,” the assertion continued. “In contrast to the character within the Simpson’s ‘Panic’ episode.”
The prolonged assertion that was posted on behalf of Morrissey concluded by as soon as once more denouncing the precise insults the present lobbed his means within the remaining act of the episode.
“Morrissey has by no means made a ‘money seize’, hasn’t sued any individuals for his or her assaults, has by no means stopped performing nice reveals, and continues to be a severe vegan and powerful supporter for animal rights. By suggesting the entire above on this episode…the Simpson’s hypocritical method to their storyline says all of it,” the put up concludes. “Really they’re the one ones who’ve stopped creating, and have as an alternative turned unapologetically hurtful and racist.”
Representatives for “The Simpsons” didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
The episode concludes with Lisa’s imaginary buddy utilizing the modern-day Quilloughby to show her a lesson about the place a foul angle on life can lead as she derides the outdated rocker as a “large racist” for opening his present with feedback about [there] being too many “foreigners.”
“Lisa, expensive, do not let him occur to you. Attempt to not sneer at every thing,” the imaginary Quilloughby concludes. “And take heed to others, not less than a bit, maybe one out of 5 instances — however I am unable to inform you which instances.”