For many people, being parodied in The Simpsons is an honour and a life goal.
Not so for Morrissey. He’s furious after he appeared in the long-running show, and has called the creators ‘racist’.
The episode that has caused all the upset was called ‘Panic On The Streets of Springfield’
In it, Lisa dreams up an imaginary friend based on Morrissey from The Smiths. He was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. The friend was a depressed indie singer from 1980s Britain.
“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.”
The statement also expresses unhappiness with the show. It says they portrayed the “Morrissey character” as “racist, without pointing out any specific instances”.
“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,” it said.
The statement also insists that 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”.
“Not surprising…… that The Simpsons viewership ratings have gone down so badly over recent years.”
Morrisey is no stranger to controversy. Back in 2019, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wearing a For Britain badge.
It’s alleged that he previously turned down the chance to appear in Season 15. It would have been for the episode ‘The Regina Monologues’.In that episode, The Simpsons went to Britain. It featured guest appearances from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and J.K. Rowling.
The Simpsons are yet to issue a response.
Is Morrissey right to be upset?
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