Today we look at a song in A Streetcar Named Marge that actually caused the staff to apologize about it the very next week.
Controversial moment: "New Orleans Song"
|NEW ORLEANS! What a crappy place, someone should just jettison it off the map|
Long before the Superdome, Where the Saints of football play, There's a city where the damned call home, Hear their hellish rondelet: New Orleans! Home of pirates, drunks, and whores... New Orleans! Tacky, overpriced souvenir stores... If you want to go to hell, you should take a trip To the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Mississip': New Orleans! Stinking, rotten, vomiting, vile... New Orleans! Putrid, brackish, maggotty, foul... New Orleans! Crummy, lousy, rancid and rank... New Orleans!
Why it's controversial: The song essentially calls old time New Orleans a hell-hole where nothing but crime and debauchery occurs.
Staff response: The staff had Bart write "I will not defame New Orleans" on next week's chalkboard gag
Was it justified?: Looking back, I think New Orleans overreacted a bit, the song was a parody of the opening number in Sweeny Todd which mocks London and makes it sound like a horrible place. I think the biggest problem has to be the fact that the lyrics were initially taken out of context in a New Orleans paper and drew a lot of complaints. Today I feel like it would be okay and not controversial (Well far enough away from Hurricane Katrina).