The Groening Whore

I’m a dear fan of the Simpsons – I think it’s one of the greatest shows of all time, and I watch it nearly every day.

Having said that, it has become clear to me that Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons, is a corporate whore.

One of the little stocking-stuffers I got for Christmas was a Simpsons 2004 day-by-day calendar. It was a nice little gift, but when I opened it up at my desk this morning it became clear that the item itself was cheap, flimsy, and posessed nary an ounce of the wit and humor of the show itself.

This has been true from the earliest days of those godforsaken “Don’t have a cow, man!” Bart t-shirts, and pop crossover songs urging all of us to do the Bartman.

Even a cursory browse through a Simpsons fan site will demonstrate the volume of crappy merchanidise is out there with the Simpsons logo cynically slapped onto it. Simpsons playing cards! Simpsons trading cards! Simpsons trivia game! Simpsons Monopoly! Simpsons dioramas! Simpsons action figures! Simpsons cough drops! Simpsons leaf blowers! Simpsons herbal conditioner!

If the show weren’t as good as it is, it’d be enough to make me hate it. As it is, it’s only enough to make me hold a grudge against Mr. Groening.

But no matter how big a fan I am, there is no possible excuse for this abomination:

No thanks

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3 Responses to The Groening Whore

  1. Geof says:

    Oh, come on … I think that’s frickin’ hilarious. :D

  2. Adam says:

    Wow…. that is grotesque.

  3. Andrew says:

    I’m usually opposed to cheesy marketing crap, but for some reason, I really like a lot of cheesy Simpsons marketing crap.

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