Seeing the latest South Park episode and watching The Simpsons this evening, my husband reminded me of an issue that's been bugging me forever. By the way, watch the newest South Park; it's a great episode and it ends on a sad note. I wonder where they'll go next. I'm not going to tell you about it. You've got to find out about it on your own. It does involve lots of shit, though.
Now, for that rant: my husband says that The Simpsons should be renamed to Marge Ruins Everything. After getting to watch The Simpsons later in life and watching it now that I'm an adult living in my own home, I have to agree with him. I've probably seen the majority of the episodes though I'd never call myself an expert or be able to recall every single one perfectly like the more hard core types.
Honestly, it has its moments but it's not a show that I find as great as many others. For one, I really hate the character of Marge Simpson. Now you can at least sympathize a bit with Homer since he's an idiot but at the end of the day, his heart's in the right place. On reflection, I feel like you can't sympathize with most (if any) of the female residents of Springfield.
Marge, however, is just a super bitch if you ask me. Watch the episodes. See how she acts & you tell me she doesn't act like a bitch. She's judgmental, doesn't support her children, refused to let Maggie be self-sufficient in the one b/c of her selfish whims, etc. My husband, who wasn't barred from this show as a child like I was, pointed out that anytime The Simpsons got to do something good Marge was usually the one who ruined it for the family.
Lisa isn't much better. She's a tad hypocritical and maybe my husband's dislike of vegans colors some of his views on the character but again, watch the episodes and see how she acts.
Sorry but I don't like fictional characters who consistently behave in a manner that I'd NEVER tolerate among my friends and acquaintances or even those I'm forced to deal with in some way. If you act like a judgmental bitch to me, I'm going to tell you about it. Ask my former friend who behaved like a selfish bitch when trying to bring personal conflicts into my sister's wedding. When I had the time to speak my piece, I went into detail about how selfish she was and the kind of example she was presenting to her daughter. Maybe I should have said she was as bad as Marge Simpson but I think even Marge Simpson would have behaved in a classier fashion than she did.
Plus, I doubt she'd have gotten the reference since I don't think her little rebellion covered watching new TV programs. If only people simply rebelled from their strict upbringings by watching "controversial" TV programs, dressing differently and doing things that wouldn't damage friendships.
Honestly, I think The Simpsons will be on the air until the creator dies. My husband in particular wishes it would evolve & change a little considering it's been on since we were in elementary school. Again, who doesn't think Marge ruins everything? Try convincing me otherwise. Show your work & submit facts that can be verified. If you've got insider access to deleted scenes, you'll have to show them to me or loan me the DVD. I'm not spending money to verify if you're right or not.