All right, it’s been bugging me for at least this whole season and maybe a little longer: the misogynous thread that’s crept into The Simpsons. Yeah, the show that once trumpeted stories like Lisa Lionheart and Marge going round the bend because of the stress of her family’s unreasonable demands, has not had a show lately that didn’t feature some moment of head-jerking anti-feminism. I’ve skipped more and more episodes because of it. Like the recently rerun Pranks and Greens episode, where Bart discovers he pales in comparison to a super-pranker in the past. Bart asks who he is and Skinner says, “Who said it’s a he?” After Bart’s stunned, “Huh?!” Skinner tells him nah, it’s a guy, of course, and they both laugh at the absurdity of thinking it might have been a girl.
Last night’s episode capped it for me. While the B story about Lisa getting popular when she receives an F and featuring Angela Bassett as Michele Obama made a feeble attempt to prop up the “girls can do anything!” message that was once key to the series, the main story had to do with a poorly written cameo by Sarah Silverman as a girl Bart kisses and whose parents threaten to sue the school. The “character” is simply defined by the way she capriciously jerks Bart back and forth between affection and scorn. But as the final lines of the show proclaim, that’s just the way women are.
It’s sad to see this happen to a show that was once groundbreaking. Enjoy your “poor men are just victims of wily women” scripts, guys. Seems I’m not the only one giving up on the show (even though it’s miles better at its worst than anything from craptacular Seth McFarlane).
Why can’t I be seeing Lizzie & Sarah?!