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Is The Simpsons pro-gun, anti-gun, or whatever?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TheOtherOne, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. TheOtherOne

    TheOtherOne Member

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    I can't decide but it's a good show either way.

    There is the Halloween episode where Jesse James and all those old famous outlaws come out of their graves and convince Springfield to give up their guns and then when they finally do, they take over the city.

    And then there is the episode where Homer buys a gun and uses it for everything (like turning the lights off, etc.) and hides it in the vegetable crisper because the boy would never look there! :) ... Marge finally takes the kids and leaves until he promises to get rid of the gun.
     
  2. Mike Irwin

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    They're pro commedy.

    I don't think they're pro OR anti gun. They'll skewer anyone and anything equally.

    South Park is another example of this.
     
  3. Lone_Gunman

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    I think the Simpsons is pretty much anti everything.
     
  4. Justin

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    I'm with Mike, 'The Simpsons' is happy to make fun of anyone or anything.

    Though, from what I've heard and seen, creator Matt Groening (SP) is very much left-of-center.
     
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    Mainly I think it's just funny, but did you notice that at the end of "Homer gets his gun" Marge retrieved the gun. I think the message there (if the SImpsons has a message, and I think that's stretching it) was that gun owners had to be responsible. Honestly, if Homer was your neighbor would you want him to have a gun? Especially if you were Flanders?
     
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    There was one episode many many years ago where in Bart's chalk board intro he was writing "Seven days is NOT too long to wait for a handgun" 100 times....
     
  7. HABU

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    Didn't "1911" come up on the cash register in one episode?
     
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    My favorite part of that episode:
    "I now declare this town... utterly defenseless!"
    -Mayor Quimby after completing the disarmament of springfield.
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    In the opening credits and Maggy is scanned in the market, the readout is "NRA4EVR" I'd guess they SImpsons are pro-gun
     
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    ...Gotta love Homer!
     
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    I've got a VHS tape that someone recorded the Simpsons on, it reads $847.63 at least on the couple of episodes that I checked. Now I'm gonna have to check the whole tape, you've got me curious. :scrutiny:
     
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    Another Homer Sig, so true with the Antis its sad.
     
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    Simpsons are cool, its good to laugh at ones self, its what separates the liberals from conservatives; the liberals never laugh at their stupidity.:D
     
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    Since lisa seems to be the 'conscience' of the show, it leans left. However, they don't have any sacred cows, so they'll skewer whoever they can.

    South Park has been doing a much sharper job at politcal satire for quite awhile now (and even thowing in poo jokes along the way). And more of their commentary really savages the wacky left.
     
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    contraversy = ratings,
    ratings = $$$

    therefore; Simpsons are pro-contraversy. So they'll mix it up in whatever way will generate the most contraversy..

    South Park? They are pro-stereotyping to the point of rediculousness.

    I love both, the only time they are offensive is when you take them seriously..
     
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    In the hand gun episode, the NRA types are appalled at Homers unsafe actions and they promptly kick him out.

    I found the quote on firearmnews.com/quote :

     
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    In the early shows the cash register did show NRA4EVR but they changed it a few years ago.
     
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    The show hints at left-wing sentiments, but also demonstrates libertarian principles. I'd have to say that it is a creation of a snobby, possibly elitist, libertarian. :)
     
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    Actually, the cash register never showed "NRA4EVER" on any normal episodes. The only time it showed up that way was on the "Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular."

    Besides, that eipsode also showed Matt Groening as a blad, one-eyed redneck who shot the cameraman.
     
  20. Sean Smith

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    Yeah, The Simpsons tries to bust anyone's balls it can, and often does so quite well. It mocks what the writers think is stupidity in general, or just good joke fodder. I haven't seen it lately, but it was good at it for a very long time.

    South Park has always been kind of inconsistent in quality, but often very funny and has expressed open hatred for alot of liberal icons/sacred cows. At worst, they are still Anti-Political Correctness to the Nth degree. For instance, they really hate Barbara Streisand.

    :evil:

    I don't look for shows that are ideologically consistent at all times. I look for shows that are GOOD, and don't try to insult your intelligence by brainwashing you with daft ideology.
     
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    Kevlarman has it right. The only time NRA4EVR showed up on the register was the Episode spectacular.

    One interview of Matt Groening I read made it seem like he was an ACLU type, but was, in fact, pro-gun. I'll see if I can dig it up.

    MJ
     
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    I LOVE the Simpsons! The Simpsons series is the zenith of Western civilization. All other works of art and literature pale in comparison.

    Seriously, I think they are libertarian on social issues and I think the writers have no problem with responsible gun ownership.

    Remember, in the episode where Homer gets the gun, in the end they are saved from Snake(the hardened criminal type) by the local NRA group?

    Remember how the gun club is aghast at Homer's reckless use of his gun?

    Remember in the Halloween episode, when Springfield bans all guns, the mayor says (paraphrasing here):
    "I now declare our town completely defenseless!"

    Bottom line: the show makes me laugh, and we could all use a little of that.
     
  23. Don Gwinn

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    Sometimes it's enough that a show is funny and well-done.

    "You told me that gun was gone! You lied to me, Homer. . . "
    "But Marge! I honestly thought you wouldn't find out!"
     
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    [whoops... double post.. sorry]
     
  25. TheOtherOne

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    All these Simpsons quotes always get me rolling! :D


    South Park is usually great! I love the episode where they go on a field trip to see the cows that will eventually be used for veal. Most of the kids are upset that the little calves are going to be slaughtered but Cartman is hilarious: Oooh... I want that one, he looks delicious. Then the kids decide to go back that night and rescue the calves and hide them in Stan's bedroom. Stan becomes a vegeterian... but it turns out great because at the end we find out what not eating meat does to you! :eek:
     
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