The manager for former The Smiths frontman Morrissey blasted “The Simpsons” for its depiction of the singer in the latest episode of the show.
The artist’s manager Peter Katsis said the show, “has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors.”
The episode, “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” which aired Sunday night, followed Lisa Simpson’s obsession with a vegan British musician named Quilloughby, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the lead singer of the band the Snuffs. Quilloughby appears as an imaginary friend to Lisa, who inspires her to sing songs like “Hamburger Homicide” and “Everyone is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You).”
However, things change when Lisa sees Quilloughby perform in real life and he turns out to be a snobbish, meat-eating xenophobe.
British singer and songwriter Morrissey, performs at the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, March 17, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte-AP)
While the episode never directly references Morrissey, show director Debbie Mahan said in an Instagram post last week the episode was, “the most fun I’ve ever had working on an episode. My husband, who also works on the show, is an avid Smiths fan/collector, and was our resident Morrissey expert so it truly was a labour of love.”
Episode writer Tim Long told Stereogum on Saturday Quilloughby is, “definitely Morrissey-esque,” along with other artists like Robert Smith from the Cure and Ian Curtis from Joy Division.
The 61-year-old British singer has made comments defending actor Kevin Spacey over allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was “attacked unnecessarily”. He has also worn a badge during performances for the far-right political group For Britain, which Katsis said was in support of their animal rights views.
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