“When I first arrived, you were all such jerks but now I’ve come to love your quirks”
When the series first came out almost 2 decades ago, I just didn’t get it. I thought the jokes were in bad taste, the values were all wrong, the family just seemed so dysfunctional that I couldn’t understand who in their right mind would watch something like this.
Then I married a Simpsonite family. I’m talking hardcore fans – these people remember and discuss episodes and plots, quote lines and even use these lines in their everyday conversation!
And bit by bit over the years, as Homer says to Marge and the kids in the movie “I’ve really come to like you guys”.
I’ve learnt that you’re not supposed to take the show at face value. It’s not just a dumb cartoon series. You have to look beyond the chaos, slapstick humour and Homer’s apparent stupidity to appreciate the series for what it really is. I’m no hardcore fan but have watched enough episodes to realise that they contain insightful nuggets of truth about life and human nature.
And you have to admit that Homer is a genius. It’s easy to dismiss him as a stupid, thoughtless ape who’s always messing up but how many of us can say that we’ve lived as interesting lives?
Homer’s many life-long dreams include being a Monorail conductor, running out on a baseball field during a game, managing a beautiful country singer and eating the world’s biggest hoagie. And for a guy who spends his days eating donuts and drinking beer, he’s seized the day and done pretty well. How many of us can say we’ve been brave enough to live our lives wanting it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middle?
And despite being an obnoxious oaf, Homer tries hard to be a good husband and father. There’s the episode where he gave up his dream of flying in the Duff Blimp just to put Lisa in a beauty pageant so Lisa could realize she wasn’t ugly. Or in another where he bought a pony for Lisa and took a second job a the Kwik-E-Mart just so she could keep the horse.
Rude? Self-centered? The butt scratching? Yeah, there’s a Homer Simpson in everyone of us. The important thing is: when it comes down to it, can we, like him, rise to the occasion and save the day?
In Homer’s words, “Dear God, give a bald guy a break”. There’s really more than meets the eye.
Does whatever a Spiderpig does
Can he swing, from a web
No he can’t he’s a pig
Look out, he is a spiderpig