02
Apr
20

Thursday Evening Cartoons

“We need a cure! We need a cure!” – Mob
“Why the only cure is bedrest. Anything I give you would only be a placebo.” – Dr. Hibbert
“Where do we get these placebos?!” – Panicked Woman
“Maybe there’s some in this truck!” – Panicked Man

Howdy, campers, how’s everyone doing with the ongoing unpleasantness? My life has certainly been turned upside down, though I’m on team “Stuck At Home” not team “Doing All the Real Work”, so I’ve got it fairly easy. And while there are a lot of people that I love and care about who are at risk or already suffering, so far nobody has died or lost their home. Don’t know how long that’s going to last, but [fingers crossed].

I have been knocked off my tram lines on doing Quotes of the Day. Those got shaky a couple years ago and moreso of late. Then with the “wait, what day is it” experience of the last three weeks, I finally fucked it up and let it lapse all the way. I guess eleven years and change will have to suffice for now.

Instead, let’s take a look at a timely Simpsons episode, the first act of which has nicely captured our real life episode of Love in the Time of SARS-CoV-2, or, more festively, SARS 2: Corona Boogaloo.

The “Osaka Flu” opening of “Marge in Chains” goes from Homer ordering useless junk off the TV to the town being abandoned by its rich and powerful to irresponsible media coverage and panicked mobs run amok in search of any protection (no matter how ineffective). About the only thing the episode wasn’t cynical enough about was that nobody blamed Akira for it, though, given that it was written at a time when the federal government was trying to make amends with Japanese-Americans and seemed to be progressing in many areas, that’s at least understandable.

But for the most devastatingly on the nose from a quarter century ago, we have Ned Flanders’ lament. A wealthy, white, Evangelical father of two who almost certainly would’ve voted Republican in 2016, Ned cries out, “Oh, the network slogan is true! Watch FOX and be damned for all eternity!”.

 


3 Responses to “Thursday Evening Cartoons”


  1. 1 Anonymous
    3 April 2020 at 1:52 am

    >A wealthy, white, Evangelical father of two who almost certainly would’ve voted Republican in 2016

    Lol why you hating on Ned? Ned Flanders is supposed to be a good guy. You’re using the same descriptor as Mr Rogers, and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have supported Trump.

    • 2 Anonymous
      3 April 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Ned could possibly be one of those “hold your nose and vote” lackwits that vote along party lines no matter how bad the guy in charge is so they can keep their interests and people in power.

  2. 3 Anonymous
    3 April 2020 at 11:59 am

    Hey, Charlie, nice to see a post like this from you. Hope you’re staying safe.

    I watched this episode a few weeks back with a friend, possibly before they started telling everyone to stay at home, so he was still out risking his neck going to work. We joked about how accurate this episode is, minus the utter incompetence of the government (even Quimby wasn’t quite as bad) and idiocy of the “but muh freedumbs!” people who want to run around and risk spreading the virus. Crazy times.

    As long as we still have Simpsons episodes to watch, I think we can ride out this plague. That or we’ll have to construct some sort of germ-free chamber where not a single microbe can get in or out.


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