Sunday’s extremely anticipated “Panic on the Streets of Springfield” episode of The Simpsons depicted “complicated 8-year-old” Lisa Simpson stumbling upon the work of moody post-punk singer Quilloughby (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, with parody music composed by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie) via a streaming service known as “Slapify.”
The invention occurred after she clicked on a immediate that learn, “If you hate everything, you might like this” — which directed her to a web page for Quilloughby’s defunct band the Snuffs, who “dominated the ‘80s indie scene with their brand of literate, sardonic music that focused on Quilloughby’s obsessions, especially his militant vegetarianism.” Lisa became so fascinated by the Snuffs’ discography that she ended up summoning the sulky Quilloughby to turn into her new imaginary good friend, and hilarity ensued.
Though Simpsons scriptwriter and avowed post-punk fan Tim Lengthy insisted forward of Sunday’s broadcast that Quilloughby was a fictionalized composite of varied ‘80s U.K. icons, including the Cure’s Robert Smith and Pleasure Division’s Ian Curtis, it was clear to any Gen X indie fan from the episode’s Queen Is Useless-stylized inexperienced and pink poster, or from comedy-song snippets like “Hamburger Homicide” (pattern lyric: “The flesh that you cover with cheese is proof of your moral disease”), that Quilloughby was based mostly on the Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder” frontman Morrissey.
Morrissey’s handlers themselves had been apparently conscious of the seeming homage, even posting a teaser of the episode on the singer’s official Fb web page. Nevertheless, when the episode lastly aired and turned out to be fairly unflattering, Moz was none too happy, in keeping with a brand new assertion posted on his Fb, which is run by his administration firm, Deckstar.
“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. Simpsons actor [and former voice of Indian character Apu] Hank Azaria’s recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding ‘structural racism’ says it all. By suggesting all of the above in this episode… the Simpsons’ hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all,” learn the irate assertion.
Sunday’s Simpsons episode climaxed with Lisa and the imaginary, frozen-in-time Quilloughby attending Springfield’s Bummershoot Competition to see the reunited Snuffs carry out for the primary time in additional than 30 years. In probably the most damning scene, each Lisa and the younger Quilloughby had been horrified when the bloated, nasty, circa-2021 Quilloughby admitted onstage that the Snuffs’ reunion was only a “cash grab” as a result of “I lost my fortune suing people for saying things about me… that were completely true,” adopted by his denouncement of veganism as a result of it “was invented by foreigners, of whom there are far too many on this planet!”
Quilloughby then shouted to the jeering crowd whereas firing off a meat-gun, “That’s right, I hate the foreign! Coming to this country and taking our jobs! Sleeping with our men!” Ultimately a riot broke out as Quilloughby carried out a brand new monitor from his solo album, Refugees? Once more?, whereas the younger, imaginary Quilloughby cried out, “Is this what I turned into? I’m greedy, I’m hateful, and my face looks like a syphilitic moon!”
The above-mentioned jabs had been clear references to, amongst different issues, Morrissey’s libel swimsuit towards British music paper the NME over a 2007 profile that he claimed characterised him as racist, and the more and more alarming xenophobic and anti-immigration feedback he has made within the years since (a lot to the dismay of his liberal fanbase). It stays to be seen if Lengthy’s liberties with the Quilloughby character, and Lengthy’s denial that the character was completely Morrissey-inspired, will stop Moz from submitting yet one more lawsuit. Representatives for Fox or The Simpsons haven’t but responded to Morrissey’s remarks.
The “Panic on the Streets of Springfield” episode of The Simpsons concluded with Lisa, already irritated by the crabby Quilloughby’s fixed “whinging” throughout their sunny Bummershoot tour, calling the longer term Quilloughby a “huge racist” and bittersweetly severing their imaginary friendship. Quilloughby left Lisa with the next parting recommendation: “Lisa, dear, don’t let him happen to you. Try not to sneer at everything. And listen to others, at least a bit, perhaps one out of five times — but I can’t tell you which times.”
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