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[TV Review] The Simpsons’ Nigerian Characters

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  1. Jean-Francois BARRAL says:

    Unfortunately, we dont receive the SIMPSONS on the public TV in South Africa. However, I would just like to comment on the choice of a King (rather than a businessman, or even a President) : there is a sort of fascination in the popular belief of people in republics, for aristocracy and an African King is supposed to create some form of magic. It can be unfortunate, the crooks have to show-off to be credible and an African King can be considered as sitting on a fortune in gold, ivory and precious gems. Perhaps is it the reason to choose a King …

  2. trae_z says:

    Come off it man, it’s a freaking cartoon! Off course they’re gon make fun of and feature the usuals first: the Prince etc. Hopefully the borders of inspiration will deepen subsequently with more Nigerian time on US television.

  3. The episode used common stereotypes that are still relevant today among population of West world. That is the fact. You who wrote this must be of Nigerian origin .I wonder how would you feel if they put in let’s say a cannibal joke ?
    There is nothing racist in that episode ,maybe stupid and corny but not racist. You who wrote this are living in England consuming West culture and you seriously believe you are representing mentality of Nigeria and Africa ? Try to learn something about real world.Maybe your racism will start to fade away.
    Yeah, i understand.You never had a single gram of racism inside of you.

    1. Nfor Edy says:

      @McBrainTheReal: “Qui se sent morveux, se mouche”! So, out of a total of roughly 968 words, you chose to have a fixation about 1. It is clear that you are quite touchy about racism (or rather, about feeling accused of it). That begs the question “Did you even read the article or were just sniffing about for the adjective ‘racist’? Anyway, that’s beside the point.
      What I would like to know is: in your opinion, the mere fact that one has a stereotype about an issue makes that stereotype relevant? So, if the majority of people in the West believe Africa is a country, that is relevant just because they believe so in their community? What justifies the relevance of a sterotype? The perception of the person/people with the stereotype, or the reality of the person being stereotyped?
      In your opinion, Africans (Nigerians in particular) should be clapping and merry because they didn’t go to the point of inserting a “cannibal joke”? And that, because someone lives in Engalnd they can’t have an opinion about an issue concerning the portrayal of Nigeria on TV? I mean, what world do the people of the “West” (who coined the term “global village” with the advent of “globalization”) live in? SMH.

  4. Robert P says:

    I just write stuff like this off as the current Simpsons being horribly lazy at everything they do these days. The decision to make them Nigerian almost seems like an afterthought. Both the King and the princess seem completely bored and sedate in their line delivery.
    Also the “Nigerian princess falls for Moe” plotline is just absolutely horrible to begin with.
    I certainly wouldn’t think the current Simpsons writers were perpetuating some sort of agenda because that would suggest actually putting effort into these episodes–something I’d almost never accuse them of.

  5. nathanstar says:

    To paraphrase what you wrote: The Smithers homoerotic subplot was once a subtle source of comedy and is now like a mallet to the head?
    I mean, you are going to complain about that?
    Come on, we have seen how far those homoerotic subtexts went in his fantasies decades ago in the early seasons. Either you ignored them with closed eyes or you are really reaching here.
    Burns popping out of a cake. nude, singing Happy Birthday in the episode Rosebud isn’t all too subtle.

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