It feels like Morrissey wasn’t happy with The Simpsons Sunday episode. The singer’s manager, Peter Katsis wrote quite a detailed view on Morrissey’s Facebook and criticized the TV series. He described the episode as “harshly hateful,” and that it is a “hypocritical” parody. He specifically pointed out the character Quilloughby from the episode, “Panic on the Streets of Springfield”. It was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch who did a poor representation of the British singer.
Manager Peter Katsis Is Going All Out On The Simpsons
“Surprising what a ‘turn for the worst’ the writing for The Simpson‘s [sic] tv show has taken in recent years,” reads a post by Peter Katsis on Morrissey’s Facebook page. “Sadly, The Simpson‘s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors.”
“Poking fun at subjects is one thing,” his post said. “Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire. But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here. Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist. They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves.”
What was Morrissey’s the Simpsons episode all about?
The Simpsons episode that offended Morrissey’s manager was about Lisa Simpson getting an imaginary friend Quilloughby. Quilloughby is a depressed British singer from the 1980s and has characteristics of various 80’s musicians. Tim Long, who wrote “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” told Stereogum that Quilloughby is “definitely Morrissey-esque, with maybe a small dash of Robert Smith from the Cure, Ian Curtis from Joy Division, and a bunch of other people.”
In the end of the episode the duo went to see the real-life Quilloughby concert. The makers depicted him with a belly full of cash that bursts out of his vest as he come to the stage. “Can’t you see this show is just a cash grab?” he says. “I’m only here because I lost my fortune suing people for saying things about me that were completely true.” He then says veganism was invented by “foreigners.” “That’s right. I hate the foreign coming to this country and taking our jobs, sleeping with our men.”
The Simpsons have a “hypocritical approach to their storyline”
Well, we are sure that Morrissey’s manager Katsis didn’t get the joke and showed his displeasure through his social media. “Unlike the character in the Simpson‘s ‘Panic’ episode… Morrissey has never made a ‘cash grab,’ hasn’t sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and strong supporter for animal rights,” he continues. “By suggesting all of the above in this episode… the Simpson‘s hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all.”
In the past, the show’s voice actor Hank Azaria had apologized for his stereotypical Indian character, Apu. He was highly sorry for the representation of the character. “Part of me feels like I need to go to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize. And sometimes I do,” his apology said. Well, there have been no comments from the showrunners side, but time will only tell whether this acclaimed show will finally make an apology or not.