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The Simpsons’ Irreverent Earth Day

Posted on April 26 2010 12:17 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Fox’s iconic “The Simpsons” took a slightly fractured look at Earth Day this year, with its eco-episode, The Squirt and the Whale. It wasn’t a full bore skewering of environmental hypocrisy like “King of the Hill” used to do in this clip, but compared to the rest of TV’s “green week,” it was refreshingly skeptical.

Homer decides to go green while at an Eco-Expo, buying a wind turbine after a salesman assures him that thanks to tax credits and subsidies, it will “Pay for itself in 17 or 18… generations.”

But the TV-addicted Simpson soon find out that going off the grid doesn’t work so well as the wind is not a constant source of energy.  Still infused with green fervor Homer declares!

“The Simpsons shall live intermittently!”

Later, Lisa tries to save some orphaned baby whales from sharks, but is stopped by some Greenpeace types who argue she shouldn’t favor one type of life over another.

Homer, however, is determined to show himself worthy of the love of one intelligent and cute mammal … his daughter.

“The Simpsons” was only brilliant for the first 9 of its 21 years on the air– but it still scores occasionally.

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