Morrissey’s Manager Slams The Simpsons For Parodying Singer As "Unapologetically Hurtful And Racist" In Latest Episode

Morrissey, lead singer of the British band The Smiths, and his entourage are fuming over the way he was portrayed in the April 18 episode of The Simpsons. Peter Katsis, Morrissey’s manager, wrote a Facebook post to lash out at the producers of the show over the character Quilloughby, who was guest-voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, as he believed their caricature of Morrissey parodied him as a racist and overweight artist, which lead him to call the show “unapologetically hurtful and racist.”

“Surprising what a ‘turn for the worst’ the writing for The Simpson’s [sic] tv show has taken in recent years,” Katsis wrote. “Sadly, The Simpson’s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors.”

In the episode “Panic on the Streets of Springfield”, Lisa Simpson is introduced to Quilloughby, a depressed British 1980s singer, through a Spotify-esque music streaming service after hours of disliking the smorgasbord of other artists and their music, and claims him as her new imaginary friend while turning into an emo teenager in the process, much to Marge’s dismay. Towards the end of the episode, Lisa attends a concert to see what the real-life Quilloughby is like 40 years older and is shocked to learn that he’s become a meat-eating fat man who spouts vitriol about immigrants.

Katsis continues his Facebook post to say, “Poking fun at subjects is one thing. Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire. But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here. Even worse – calling out the Morrissey character for being a racist, without pointing any specific instances, offers nothing. They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves.”

Katsis points out that prolific voice actor Hank Azaria issuing an apology for voicing Apu and the problems the controversy over his role caused the Indian-American community on the Armchair Expert podcast, even after stepping away from the role in 2017, says that much.

In another Facebook post, Katsis wondered why Cumberbatch would take the job of voicing Quilloughby, asking if he was so “hard up for cash” that he agreed to hurl harsh insults at another artist, and if he’s “actually as big an asshole” as The Simpsons’ writers or the Fox team.

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Cristina Alexander is a writer who can transform her pen into a Keyblade and has been head over heels for Sonic the Hedgehog from the age of 9. Her work was previously seen on Mega Visions (formerly SEGA Nerds), KeenGamer, and Twinfinite. Find her on Twitter @SonicPrincess15.

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