Saturday, April 01, 2017

Homer Simpson Agonistes

When Progressives Have the Helm                            


Homer Simpson Agonistes

In 2010 I cited a Telegraph article "Homer Simpson 'is a true Catholic'

The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts "never-ending humiliation" on his evangelical neighbour, Ned Flanders.

But in an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics", the newspaper said: "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes."

The family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the
life thereafter".

The Simpsons were not Catholic of course, but did attend Sunday church where Rev. Lovejoy tried to keep Homer awake, and Bart from mischief making. [Since then we've learned through wikileaks that Progressives like John Podesta and Hillary Clinton targeted the Catholic Church for destruction.]

Enter Al Jean.

He took the show's helm from executive producer Mike Scully in 2001, and immediately changed its tone and tenor; going from apolitical to full fledged  "left bank."  He used Lisa Simpson's character to promote New Age sensibilities on the environment, politics, veganery, religion, and leftist politics.

 In  EDGY SIMPSONS  I suggested that the new direction was a reaction to the balls-out content of Comedy Central's South Park. I still think there was some of that, but Al Jean was going in that direction anyway.  What capped it for me was the 2008  season opener showing rigged voting machines giving Obama votes to McCain.

Every once in awhile I peruse the show on FXNOW, which has every episode from day one.  No commercials. Which is where I ran across the Warren episode. And where I quit.

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Chris in NC said...

Yep. Right after Bush won in 2000 they went crazy. It's sad because up to that point it was one of the best shows ever. Skewered everyone and everything. Had many great episodes that had decent values in them too. Then they became pure shit.

JohnO said...

When FX ran every episode from 1st to last someone, wiser than me, remarked that it was like watching a loved one slowly decline from Alzheimer's. It's been unwatchable for over 10 years. Someone needs to smother it with a pillow.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Well done JohnO

Kaptain Krude said...

There's two words that don't go together: "New Age" and "sensibilities"

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