Simpsonize Me Cap’n

As of 2018, The Simpsons sits on three decades of finesse. Atop mountains of iconic “Doh’s!” and through the valleys of Nelson’s “HA HA”s, The Simpsons franchise manages to touch millions of television screens. It has hit up video game consoles and broken records worldwide. This year The Simpsons became the longest running prime-time scripted series with their 636th episode. The record was previously held by Gunsmoke (CBS). What better way to celebrate 30 years and more broken records, than to “Simpsonize” one of New York City’s prized skyscrapers, the Empire State Building.

30 Years of Glow Up

The reception for the celebration was held at the rooftop of The Strand. There in one swoop everyone was able to admire the Empire State Building flossed in glowing yellow. Tables were filled with snacks, sliders with a range of breads, and bougie cheeses. Among the sights of the New York City skyline notable attendees also joined in on the party including: Mike Scully (Executive Producer & Showrunner), Pamela Hayden (voice of Milhouse), and Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart). Along with the various accomplishments The Simpsons has been awkwardly predicting the future all along. Some accurate predictions include faulty election voting booths,  the three-eyed fish , and the rise of Donald Trump. Die-hard fans can probably name many more.

But among those rather scary victories, The Simpsons also had a year of scandal surrounding their Indian character Apu. This debate around Apu’s representation has brought fresh new viewpoints to the table and opened up further conversations about proper representation. Though the world of comedy likes to straddle the lines of “offensiveness,” it is also important to note the thin line between a joke and misrepresentation that creates faulty ideologies and problems within our social hemisphere. Beyond the inevitable awakening to necessary change that The Simpsons had to work around, they are still continuing strong. And to celebrate their 30th year anniversary, viewers were able to catch the pilot that started it all on December 23, 2018.

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  • Khadjiah Johnson is a Caribbean-American writer and humor advocate who uses poetry and comedy as a leverage to empathize and uplift. Her work has taken her to Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, BET, Off-Broadway and many more! She hopes to use her talents to sway her way into the writers room for a Late Night Comedy Show.

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