Heaven is aware of, Morrissey’s depressing now.
Reps for the legendary 80s alt rocker have ripped “The Simpsons” this week, after the singer was unflatteringly mocked on the cartoon TV traditional’s newest episode.
The famously mopey songsmith’s official social media initially appeared thrilled that he was getting portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, and even shared a Smiths-themed preview poster of Sunday’s episode, “Panic on the Streets of Springfield.”
That shortly modified after seeing the episode, which featured a Morrissey clone character named “Quilloughby,” who first impressed Lisa Simpson for his heart-felt, emotional lyrics, however then turned grasping, litigious, chubby and xenophobic.
“Stunning what a ‘flip for the worst’ the writing for The Simpson’s television present has taken in recent times,” learn an assault on the singer’s official Fb web page, later attributed to his supervisor, Peter Katsis.
“Sadly, The Simpson’s present began out creating nice perception into the trendy cultural expertise however has since degenerated to making an attempt to capitalize on low-cost controversy and expounding on vicious rumors,” the web tirade continued.
Matt Groening’s staff has “stopped creating” and “as a substitute turned unapologetically hurtful and racist,” stated the submit from the rep for the previous frontman of The Smiths.
“Not shocking…… that The Simpsons viewership rankings have gone down so badly over current years,” the submit stated sniffily.
Within the episode, Cumberbatch voiced “Quilloughby,” the previous frontman of The Snuffs, a band that “dominated the ‘80s indie scene with their model of literate, sardonic music.”
After Lisa Simpson made him her imaginary good friend, the singer — with Morrissey’s trademark quiff and Mancunian accent — made her a militant vegan, with parodies of songs like “Meat is Homicide” written by “Flight of the Conchords” star Bret McKenzie.
By the tip of the episode, “Quilloughby” was fats and bursting out of his shirt — admitting at an eagerly awaited reunion of The Snuffs that it was a “money seize” to cowl his authorized prices for suing individuals “for saying issues about me that had been utterly true.”
He then sparked a riot by consuming a pastrami sandwich and firing sausages into the group — saying he stopped being vegan when he found it was “invented by foreigners.”
“And there are far too many on this planet!” the singer shouted from the stage, as Lisa additionally turned in opposition to him.
“That’s proper, I hate the international! Coming to this nation and taking our jobs! Sleeping with our males!” the cartoon character yelled.
Morrissey, now 61, has lengthy been dogged by accusations of racism, beginning within the early 1990s when he flirted with skinhead tradition and nationalist imagery.
The ardent vegan — who unsuccessfully tried to ban meat at his 2015 Madison Sq. Backyard present — as soon as referred to as the Chinese language a “sub-species” for the therapy of animals within the nation, and has insisted in a 2019 interview that “everybody in the end prefers their very own race,” the Impartial famous.
In a 2019 efficiency on “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon,” he sparked controversy by sporting a badge supporting the far-right UK celebration “For Britain,” which calls for the “finish of the Islamization of the UK.”
The Fb critique insisted, nevertheless, that “The Simpsons” painted him as racist simply to “insult the artist,” mentioning that the present has repeatedly confronted claims of racism itself. The star’s administration additionally reminded followers that Morrissey has by no means reformed The Smiths, regardless of overwhelming demand.
His staff appeared most upset, nevertheless, on the “harshly hateful ways” of exhibiting him “along with his stomach hanging out of his shirt (when he has by no means appeared like that at any level in his profession).”
Representatives for “The Simpsons” stated the present had no remark.
However the assault will undoubtedly ache the present’s director, Debbie Mahan, who referred to as the episode a “labor of affection” along with her husband the “resident Morrissey skilled.”
“I’ve labored on this present for practically 20 years. And this — BY FAR— is probably the most enjoyable I’ve ever had engaged on an episode,” she wrote on Instagram late final week.