Quilloughby ‘Simpsons’ Episode Explained: Why Morrissey Is So Offended

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. 

Morrissey has hit back at The Simpsons saying they are ‘unapologetically hurtful and racist’ for airing a controversial episode featuring him, one week after Hank Azaria said ‘sorry‘ for voicing Apu.

In the episode, which was shown on Sunday April 18, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced moody Morrissey as Lisa Simpson’s friend, Quilloughby. 

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Qilloughby in The Simpsons is Lisa's moody friend based on Morrisey from The Smiths
Qilloughby in The Simpsons is Lisa’s moody friend based on Morrissey from The Smiths. Credit: @mrtimlong/Twitter

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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