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Morrissey slams ‘Simpsons’ over unflatteri­ng parody


Morrissey has accused The Simpsons of “hatred” and “ignorance” after the show’s latest episode featured an unflatteri­ng parody of a moody British singer in part inspired by the former Smiths frontman.

In the episode, first aired Sunday in the US, the precocious­ly intelligen­t Lisa Simpson makes a new imaginary friend: a depressed but charismati­c indie rocker from 1980s Britain with an uncanny resemblanc­e to Morrissey.

The character, named Quilloughb­y and voiced by Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatc­h, is a devoted vegan who inspires her with his music and acidic social commentary. But when Lisa attends a concert by Quilloughb­y’s band The Snuffs in the present day, she is shocked and disappoint­ed to see that instead of the imaginary dashing singer, he is an overweight, grumpy and anti-immigrant meat-eater.

Morrissey was less than impressed with the portrayal. “The hatred shown towards me from the creators of The Simpsons is obviously a taunting lawsuit, but one that requires more funding than I could possibly muster in order to make a challenge,” the rocker wrote in a lengthy post on his website.

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