Quilloughby, who appeared in The Simpsons episode: ‘Panic on the Streets of Springfield’ has upset The Smiths’ singer, Morrissey. We take a look at the drama and what the singer has said.
In the episode, which was shown on Sunday April 18, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced moody Morrissey as Lisa Simpson’s friend, Quilloughby.
Quilloughby: The Simpsons Explained
Quilloughby, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a moody post-punk singer that Lisa Simpson finds on a streaming service called ‘Slapify’.
She discovers the artist by clicking on a prompt that reads: “If you hate everything, you might like this.” After clicking, Lisa is brought to Quilloughby’s band named ‘The Snuffs’.
Lisa quickly becomes fascinated by Quilloughby who ‘dominated the ‘80s indie scene with their brand of literate, sardonic music that focused on Quilloughby’s obsessions, especially his militant vegetarianism’ in The Simpsons.
Morrissey took to Facebook to talk about how he felt in response to the episode. He said: “Surprising what a turn for the worst the writing for The Simpson’s TV show has taken in recent years.
“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 rumours.”
He added: “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.”
What have The Simpsons creators said?
The Simpsons haven’t responded to Morrissey’s criticism over the ‘Panic on the Streets of Springfield’ episode.
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