How The Simpsons Affects Kids
number one television program for viewers under eighteen years of age. However, the
ideals that The Simpsons conveys are not always wholesome, sometimes not even in
good taste. It is inevitable that The Simpsons is affecting children.
On December 17, 1989, The Simpsons first television broadcast was aired. The Christmas special, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire was such a hit, that the Fox network aired it again on Christmas Eve. In a little over a month, The Simpsons made it s debut as a weekly show, Bart the Genius was the first regular episode. Soon, Simpsons merchandise was all over America. Every kid wanted an “Underachiever and Proud of It, Man” or an “I’m Bart Simpson, Who the Hell Are You?” shirt. Hats could be seen everywhere that had Bart dressed like a devil saying “Go For It, Dude!” or with Homer, his arms open, lunging forward saying “Why You Little.” The most popular shirt was a family picture with Homer choking Bart. During the first week of school in 1990, two thirds of the sixth graders in America wore Simpsons paraphernalia.
As the popularity of The Simpsons grew, so did parents’ fears. To their horror,
Bad ideas were being broadcasted into kids’ minds. In the third episode, a baby-sitter robbed the Simpson household of most of its belongings. In the fourth episode, Homer caused a nuclear accident, got fired, and attempted suicide. Bart stole the head off of the statue of Jebidiah Springfield, Springfield’s founder in the sixth episode. In the eighth episode, Bart took a picture of Homer with an exotic dancer and distributed them to the entire town. Marge had an affair in the ninth episode. Homer stole cable, and almost everything else imaginable in the fifteenth episode.
Sunday School Teacher: “No”
Teacher: “No, Heaven is only for people.”
Teacher: “I don’t know! Is a little blind faith too much to ask for?”
The pastor, Reverend Lovejoy is a hypocrite. In “22 Short Films About Springfield” he leads his dog to the Flanders’ yard to go to the bathroom. He praises
the dog until Ned Flanders comes outside. He then acts angry and threatens the dog
with hell. When Ned leaves, he praises the dog again. In one episode, Homer quits going to church and falls in love with life. He claims to have his own religion so he doesn’t have to go to work on holidays, such as the Feast of Maximum Occupancy. In a conversation with Lisa:
Lisa: “Dad, I don’t understand, why have you dedicated yourself to living
a life of blasphemy?”
Homer: “Don’t worry Lisa, if I’m wrong, I’ll repent on my death bed.”
The Simpsons is not just an enemy of Christianity, though. In one episode, where Krusty the Clown is reunited with his father, a rabbi, almost the entire episode is spent making fun of Judaism. Lisa asks Bart, “Do you know what a rabbi’s most valued possession is?” Bart replied, “I dunno, those stupid little hats.” Hinduism is constantly joked with by using East Indian, Kwik-E-Mart clerk, Apu Mahasapeemapitalon. Apu is once asked is he Hindu. He replied, “By the thousand arms of Bishna, I swear it is a lie.”
Homer: “What is it boy?”
Homer: “Us anything the matter, my son? Talk to me young man.”
Bart: [Takes a pencil and writes 'Say my name.]
Homer: “Say your name? Why should I do that, my lad?”
Bart: “Because I’m jinxed damnit!”
Homer: [Punches Bart in the arm.]
Bart: “Ow! What was that for!”
Homer: You spoke while you were jinxed, so I get to punch you! Sorry, it’s the law!”
overheard Ralph Wiggum say the he would do anything for Lisa. In the next scene,
Ralph is coating the Simpson’s roof in tar. Ralph calls out, “Mr. Simpson, the tar fumes
are making me dizzy.” Homer, relaxing in a hammock replies, nonchalantly, “Yeah,
“Okay Bart, you won the hockey game. Now, just as I promised, here’s your turtle, alive
and unhurt.” Homer got angry at Marge once for spending lots of money to vaccinate
The Simpsons are the leading television show for our nation s young people. Many ideas can be taken from this very popular series such as drinking, cussing, racism, and many other degrading problems towards our society. The Simpsons should be viewed by mature audiences who have set values. The series is not educational; therefore, it should not be viewed by our countries future leaders.