Quote of the Day

“Wow, an actual robot from the movie ‘Clank, Clank, You’re Dead’. Think of awful it’d be for the poor midget inside.” – Lisa Simpson
“Aww boo-hoo. That’s what they get paid for.” – Bart Simpson

5 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 1 Frank
    16 February 2018 at 10:23 am

    Somewhat ironic that Lisa is trying to be considerate, yet she is using a term (“midget”) that today is considered not acceptable. From Wikipedia: The terms “dwarf”, “little person”, “LP”, and “person of short stature” are now generally considered acceptable by most people affected by these disorders.

    I mean 1997 was a completely different time, and I feel that the term “little person” became more prevalent years later, but it’s fascinating to witness how even a forward-thinking show like the Simpsons, with it’s most-forward-thinking character says things that, with time, become less-acceptable.

    • 2 Anonymous
      16 February 2018 at 10:31 am

      Is “dwarf” still acceptable? Hard to see how that would be, but “midget” would not be.

      It’s just a sign of the times back then, but Lisa, at least, was being respectful.

    • 3 Ryan
      16 February 2018 at 8:50 pm

      lol, am I the only one old enough to remember the ’90s? It wasn’t a “completely different time”.

      From Seinfeld, three years earlier (Via seinfeldscripts.com)…

      GEORGE: (to Mickey) Can’t you just switch with another Midget?
      (Mickey grabs the counter with rage on his face, Jerry does a form of gulp)
      MICKEY: (turns and moves up to George, points his finger at him) It’s little people, you got that?
      KRAMER: Easy Mickey, easy.
      GEORGE: Yap..

      • 4 Frank
        17 February 2018 at 8:45 am

        OK, it wasn’t a completely different time where up was down and dogs and cats were living together in sin, but we have definitely evolved as a society in terms of how we treat others. Whether it’s a terminology change or the entire way we look at a group of people, we have evolved!

        I just thought it was interesting how the most left of left characters on the simpsons used a term 20 years ago, that today would raise a few eyebrows.

  2. 5 Anonymous
    16 February 2018 at 10:28 am

    “Think of awful”?

    (Fired, blunder, etc.)

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