Reading Digest: Back to Normal Edition

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“Don’t worry Bart, it seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons.  My advice is to ride it out, make an occasional smart aleck quip, and by next week we’ll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure.” – Lisa Simpson
“Aye caramba!” – Bart Simpson
“That’s the spirit.” – Lisa Simpson

I was a little worried that the internet would get eaten by Zuckerberg this week the way it was eaten by Glee last couple of weeks.  Fortunately, it died out by Tuesday and we’ve got some quality links.  There’s a lot of video and usage this week, in addition to the usual randomness, including some bottle openers, a mourned Simpsons fan, the continued march of the word “embiggen”, and a cranky old man who hates the Simpsons and SpongeBob.


No.11: Listen to a classic albumDark Side of the Moon and Simpsons references go well together, plus this is excellent usage:

There’s a great episode of The Simpsons where Homer bemoans his lack of knowledge about the “hip, young people’s” music, and Marge responds by saying “Well, music is none of my business.”

That’s pretty much how I feel on a daily basis. I just don’t seem to have a very good musical knowledge.

Marge doesn’t actually say “Well”, but the rest is spot on. 

Phase2 – Heh.  If the show had gone off the air in 1999ish like it should have, there’d be no Peter vs. Homer debate.  There’d just be, “Well, it’s not as good as The Simpsons.”  (via rubbercatsimp on Twitter)

Appetite for Crustacean – An upcoming trip to Red Lobster inspires an embedded Hulu video of Homer’s trip to The Frying Dutchman.

Memories of Sam – A long and touching tribute to an old friend, including his love of The Simpsons and Moe’s failed love life. 

What Happens When States Vote Republican – Excellent usage. 

Kind Words from The Fashionista – Mildly misquoted Simpsons adds to family harmony, well, sort of. 

19 Weird Wine Bottle Openers – A collection of weird bottle openers, including several from the Simpsons.  The Bill Clinton one is also pretty funny. 

It’s a Perfectly Cromulent Word – Respectable publication The Economist used “embiggened” in a sentence.  Also, click through for the sweet Scrabble drawing of “embiggen”.  (From Andy Daglas by way of dailysimpsons on Twitter.)

Texts From Last Week Part 7 – Zombie Simpsons love of Kesha has tarnished them for another fan:

“Is it worth judging someone solely based on their taste in music? What if they like truly awful musicians like 3OH!3 and Ke$ha? Honestly, if you like a band with some sort of punctuation in the name, which has you question the pronunciation, I think you need to re-evaluate your musical taste. Is this music  REALLY what you should be listening to? I think not. And I think the Music Gods would agree.”

That’s followed by YouTube of the awful Kesha opening, and this:

This song has slightly tainted my view of The Simpsons. How unfortunate.

It was bound to happen. 

Postcards from California #23 – This is the first thing I’ve ever read about the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios that has ever made me want to ride it:

The Simpsons Ride was awesome, like an interactive episode from Season 3.

Note to Thomas Friedman: Democrats and Republicans are not Kodos and Kang – All Thomas Friedman columns should come with a warning, something like “For Entertainment Purposes Only” or “Upper Class Twit of the Year”.  And this is double excellent usage:

In his New York Times column today, Thomas Friedman treats Democrats and Republicans like Kodos and Kang’s Clinton and Dole in Treehouse of Horror VII.  There, the Simpsons writers at their peak cynically distill American politics to pool-tested banalities.  Kang dressed as Dole gives the following speech:  ”Abortions for all.”  [Boo.]  ”Very well, no abortions for anyone.”  [Boo.]  ”Hmm…  Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.”  [Cheer!]  Then Kodos dressed as Clinton says: “My fellow Americans.  As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must more forwards, not backwards, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.”

Smacked down by a fourteen year old cartoon.  Bravo. 

The Spongebob Effect: Immorality and Commercial Children’s Television Programming – It’s getting harder and harder to find people who are still this clueless and anti-fun:

When I asked one of the parents why these kids were so nonchalantly, but heavily, insulting each other throughout the day, I was told, “It’s the Spongebob Effect.”  The kids watch Spongebob Squarepants all day long and that’s what they take away from the show:  Cruelty and insult.

I looked at the parent in question and asked, “So why do you let your kids watch Spongebob if it is leaking immorality into their lives?”

“I think it’s a funny show,” was the dead-faced, deadpan, reply, “I can’t stand the purple dinosaur, but Spongebob, I can watch, too.”

“So it’s about your convenience and not you child’s socio-psychological welfare?”

“It’s just a TV show,” was the scolded retort.  Conversation over.

It is dangerous to mix adult humor for reception by young minds because it creates a confusing devil’s brew for the young, the immature, and the inexperienced.  What is real?  What is appropriate?  Do we really want Spongebob teaching our children how to interact with the world around them?

“The Simpsons” is another anarchic, human anathema of a for-profit “children’s show” that actually preaches immorality enrobed in “humor” for easier kid consumption.  Do we really want Bart Simpson’s morality to be the morality bred in the home?

I’m particularly fond of “leaking immorality” and “human anathema”.  That’s good crotchetiness!

U-R-GAY – Someone photoshopped the screen grab to spell it the way Homer says it.  Also, this blog’s tagline is “Gayer Than Christmas”.  Sweet. 

Stephen King’s IT…In 10 Words – Tim Curry will eat you. 

Crazy Cat Lady Totally Looks Like Steven Tyler – It’s not as far off as I thought it would be when I clicked on it. 

Lots of Celebs in Town This Week – Matt Groening will be at the American Visionary Art Museum tonight. 

Rooftop concerts – I didn’t get the reference the first time I saw “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” either. 

Poltergeist Preacher Totally Looks Like Mr. Burns – Enh, not as much as that raccoon from last week.

Since the beginning of time… – Man has yearned to block out the sun, excellently quoted.  And the blog has a Grampa quote as part of its template. 

American Dentata – A Brit getting American dental work done, which inspires hurt national feelings and Hulu of The Big Book of British Smiles. 

Detectives in Gloucestershire likened to Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons – An exchange of pithy quotes between management and labor invokes Simpsons and gives newspaper writers an easy hook for a story. 

Plasticizers: A Smoking Gun For Lance? – Lots of Simpsons quotes, which look mostly right but I didn’t check, in an article about doping and Lance Armstrong. 

Don’t mind if I do! – A little Halloween YouTube to help finish things off.  Guh, that Hulu chyron on the bottom is annoying. 

Best Simpsons Epidsodes You’ll Never See – And finally, in response to those old Simpsons documents Bill Oakley found on his hard drive (which I’ve mentioned on Twitter and has come up in comments), we get this:

But then the show’s best writers left, episodes got less funny and more gonzo, a mediocre spin-off movie came out, and all the young kids started watching South Park, Family Guy, and probably some new cartoon I haven’t even heard of yet.

Good enough. 

3 Responses to “Reading Digest: Back to Normal Edition”

  1. 8 October 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks so much for linking to my blog post about my friend Sam. He was constantly quoting the Simpsons, and I know he’d have liked it that he was mentioned here.

    Great blog you have here!

  2. 2 Derp
    8 October 2010 at 3:37 pm

    “and all the young kids started watching South Park, Family Guy”
    The problem is the Simpsons writers did too and they wanted a piece of that pie.

  3. 8 October 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the new mention! “If you should die before you wake…AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!” wouldn’t fit for the rest of the entry lol

    BTW, the alt-text on that picture is a reference to the Robot Chicken sketch of IT.

    Also, watch the credits for Family Guy and check out all the ex-Simpsons staffers that work there now. A few of them went to King of The Hill (Greg Daniels created it, after all), the rest went to Futurama (inluding Josh Weinstein).

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