Marge Simpson is taking a stand against name-calling in the 2020 U.S. presidential race.
After Jenna Ellis, a campaign adviser and lawyer of President Donald Trump, insulted presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’s voice, saying it sounded like Marge Simpson’s, the folks behind The Simpsons made a little video starring Marge and posted it on Twitter in response.
The video, featuring Marge alone on a stage, isn’t particularly inflammatory or funny, but then again that wouldn’t really fit Marge’s character. Instead, blue-haired mother and wife calmly condemns the use of name-calling after informing the viewer that her daughter Lisa told her that Ellis didn’t intend for the comment to be a compliment.
“If that’s so, as an ordinary suburban housewife, I’m starting to feel a little disrespected,” Marge says. “I teach my children not to name-call, Jenna.”
The end of her statement is a clear jab at Ellis, but it’s softened a bit by Marge’s stinger joke about being censored for saying “pissed off.” Marge’s line about being a subruban housewife also seems to jab at Trump’s recent racist tweet saying that suburban housewives will vote for him to keep low-income housing out of their neighborhoods.
The only response that Ellis has made to Marge so far is a retweet of someone saying that she “triggered” The Simpsons.
Of course this isn’t the first time The Simpsons has dipped its toes into politics. The long-running animated series has made countless jabs at political figures over the decades and touched upon all kinds of political subjects. It’s just not often that the show is referenced so obtusely by such high-ranking politicians, so it feels fitting to respond directly.
In the early ’90s, The Simpsons received a condemning letter about the show from the late First Lady Barbara Bush, to which the Marge Simpson character “responded,” igniting a short-lived correspondence between the two.
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