Reading Digest: All Hail “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” Edition

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“No, Celeste, I mean the things she says are sexist.” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa said a dirty word!” – Girls

This week we have two people who watched “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” for a class and had to blog about it.  Isn’t the internet wonderful?  “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” is just about the quintessential “watch for a class” episode when it comes time to study female portrayals in popular media.  But if I may make a suggestion to the syllabus writers of the world, don’t overlook “Dukerella”, the penultimate episode of The Critic.  Presumably because the DVD revenue is miniscule, FOX’s copyright killjoys don’t patrol YouTube for it nearly as aggressively as they do for The Simpsons, so you can actually watch the whole thing (as of this writing, anyway).  In the episode, Miranda, Alice’s blond bombshell sister, moves in and attempts to flirt and charm her way to love and money in New York City.  It’s chalk full of jokes and satires of pointless female competition, sibling rivalry, and the general unfairness of the universe.  Some of the more choice lines:

Penny (Alice’s adorable little daughter): Momma, Aunt Randa’s gonna teach me to giggle stupidly to make men do my bidding. 


Miranda: Please, Alice, this is my last chance at happiness.  You’ve got so much, a beautiful daughter, a good job, your boyfriend with his unique interpretation of masculinity.  All right, I have to admit it, I’m jealous of you.
Alice:  You, of me?  Yes!

There’s much more, and if you get to the 10 minute mark you can see the street harassment/Supreme Court joke that has made it completely impossible for me to ever read anything about Learned Hand without tittering to myself.  Of course, we’ve also got some other stuff.  There’s a video tour worthy of Troy McClure, bad metaphors, excellent usage, a demonstration of the power of Simpsons Wiki, and some excellent fan art. 


the men of my dreams – Fan made clown images, including an awesomely creepy and bloodshot Krusty. 

The Simpsons – College essay #1.

The Simpsons Connection – College essay #2.

Who is this Simpsons Character? – This one’s a package deal with . . .

Mystery Solved – . . . this one.  I always just think of him as the sarcastic guy, but I guess he’s got a name. 

“I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.” -Homer Simpson – Three weeks in a row for Freakoutville. 

Video Tour of a Google Data Center – This is a promotional video made by Google to reassure paranoid IT people about putting their oh so precious data on Google Apps, but it’s basically engineer porn.  In this case it comes with fake Troy McClure sayings, of which my personal favorite is either “The Decapitation of Ask Jeeves” or “Lycos: Delicious But Deadly”. 

Just not the big red one – This is a blog called “Bad Metaphors”.  This particular post has Homer saying:

“A nuclear reactor is a lot like a woman. You just have to read the manual and press the right buttons.”

It’s never easy to tell, but I’m pretty sure Homer says “button”, not “buttons”.  Singular makes it work better as a sexual metaphor, which the title of the linked post can also be interpreted as.  God bless that button. 

The apprentice presidential candidate – This goes against my general policy of ignoring instead of enabling attention junkies, but excellent usage is excellent usage:

Trump — he of the big mouth, the bigger ego and, to quote no less an authority on coiffes than Apu from “The Simpsons,” the “hair by Frank Lloyd Wright” — is teasing the media about seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination,

Meghan McCain Interviews Trump, Shows That She’s a Nitwit – Here we can see two products of nepotism congratulating each other.  Normally I’d ignore it,  but, having already mentioned the Hairpiece once, in for a penny in for a pound.  And excellent usage is still excellent usage:

There’s a great episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns decides to run for mayor and, as a campaign stunt, has dinner at the Simpsons’ house in front of TV cameras.

The entire thing is, of course, completely choreographed by Mr. Burns, who has supplied the Simpson family with the questions they’re supposed to ask him.

Lisa’s scripted question: “Mr Burns, your campaign seems to have the momentum of a run-away freight train. Why are you so popular?”

Mr. Burns responds: "Oh, a tough question, but a fair one. Lisa, there’s no single answer. Some voters respond to my integrity. Others are more impressed by my incorruptibility. Still others like my determination to lower taxes and the bureaucrats in the state capital can put that in their pipes and smoke it!"

The Burns quote is off by little tiny bits, but I don’t care.

Tron (1982) Blu-ray Movie Review – And finally, a little excellent usage that agrees with us:

There’s a line in an old episode of The Simpsons (back when y’know.. it was good), where Homer asks an assembled throng "Um, it’s like, uh… did anyone see the movie "Tron?" – The entire cast say no.


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