Morrissey slams ‘Simpsons’ for ‘hurtful and racist’ parody

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Heaven is aware of he’s depressing now.

Morrissey’s supervisor issued a scathing assertion Sunday slamming “The Simpsons” for depicting the English rocker in a “hurtful” and “hypocritical” mild.

Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons” noticed 8-year-old Lisa undertake a brand new imaginary pal impressed by the fictional Quilloughby — a former member of British band the Snuffs, which “dominated the ’80s indie scene with their model of literate, sardonic … music that centered on Quilloughby’s obsessions, particularly his militant vegetarianism.”

Followers couldn’t assist however discover the animated character (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his uncanny resemblance to Morrissey. The previous frontman of British band the Smiths, a staple of ’80s indie rock, is thought for lyrics and imagery that replicate his views on animal rights and different hot-button points.

Titled “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” a riff on the 1986 Smiths music “Panic,” the “Simpsons” episode poked enjoyable at Morrissey’s penchant for droll commentary. It additionally satirized his disillusioned, morose sound with unique parody tracks comparable to “Everybody Is Horrid Besides Me (and Presumably You).”

Morrissey appeared flattered — at first — by the homage, selling the episode on his Fb web page previous to its Sunday premiere. And “Simpsons” author Tim Lengthy just lately advised Selection the cartoon is “positively Morrissey-esque, with possibly a small sprint of Robert Smith from the Treatment, Ian Curtis from Pleasure Division, and a bunch of different folks.”

After its debut, nevertheless, Morrissey’s workforce took subject with how the episode portrayed an older model of the so-called Quilloughby throughout a Snuffs reunion live performance. In keeping with Yahoo Information, one scene noticed the washed-up character spiral uncontrolled onstage — renouncing veganism as a result of it “was invented by foreigners, of whom there are far too many on this planet!”

“That’s proper, I hate the overseas!” Quilloughby shouts whereas firing a meat gun on the crowd earlier than performing a solo observe referred to as “Refugees? Once more?” Watching his future self alongside Lisa, imaginary Quilloughby laments, “Is that this what I changed into? I’m grasping, I’m hateful, and my face appears to be like like a syphilitic moon!”

In 2021, the sequence reads like a commentary on xenophobic and racist remarks made lately by Morrissey, who has referred to as Chinese language folks “a subspecies,” mocked London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s accent and spoken out in opposition to England’s liberal-leaning immigration insurance policies.

“Poking enjoyable at topics is one factor,” learn a put up on Morrissey’s official Fb web page written by his supervisor, Peter Katsis. “However when a present stoops so low to make use of harshly hateful techniques like exhibiting the Morrissey character along 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 marvel who the actual hurtful, racist group is right here.”

Morrissey additionally has expressed help for the white nationalist political occasion For Britain, led by vocal anti-Islamist Anne Marie Waters. Waters has endorsed the so-called “white substitute idea,” arguing in opposition to “the substitute of white Europe by non-Europeans,” as said by the politician in a 2019 speech.

Morrissey singing into a microphone

Morrissey performs at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine in 2019.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Occasions)

“[C]alling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, with out declaring any particular situations, provides nothing,” Katsis’ Fb put up continued. “It solely serves to insult the artist. They need to take that mirror and maintain it as much as themselves.”

Katsis additionally talked about actor Hank Azaria, who apologized to folks of Indian descent final week for voicing the controversial “Simpsons” character Apu. Azaria beforehand stop enjoying the native comfort retailer proprietor after the function was extensively condemned as a dangerous stereotype.

“Simpson’s actor Hank Azaria’s latest apology to the entire nation of India for his function in upholding ‘structural racism’ says all of it,” Katsis wrote. “In contrast to the character within the Simpson’s ‘Panic’ episode … Morrissey has by no means made a ‘money seize’, hasn’t sued any folks for his or her assaults, has by no means stopped performing nice exhibits, and remains to be a severe vegan and robust supporter for animal rights.

“By suggesting all the above on this episode … the Simpson’s hypocritical method to their storyline says all of it. Really they’re the one ones who’ve stopped creating, and have as a substitute turned unapologetically hurtful and racist.”

Fox, which airs “The Simpsons,” declined to remark when reached Monday by the Los Angeles Occasions.

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