The Cajun Controversy


The Cajun Controversy


The second episode of the fourth season entitled A Streetcar Named Marge is considered a classic but before it came out The Simpsons were under fire for making offensive remarks about New Orleans.

It started when the first two episodes were released to television reviewers. One from New Orleans published the lyrics to a song that maked horrible remarks about New Orleans in a local newspaper:

New Orleans!

Home of pirates, drunks, and whores!
New Orleans!
Tacky, overpriced, souvenir stores!
If you want to go to hell, you should make that trip,
To the Sodom and Gomorrah on the Mississipp'!

New Orleans!
Stinking, rotten, vomiting, vile!
New Orleans!
Putrid, brackish, maggoty, foul!
New Orleans!
Crummy, lousy, rancid, and rank!
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Unfortunately, the plot of the episode was unknown and if they would've watched it they would've seen that it was for a play based on A Streetcar named Desire. The show was not making fun of New Orleans for no reason. According to Jeff Martin, the song was parodying an opening of another play that was about how horrible London was.

The people of New Orleans were so angry that many of the local stations pulled the episode from airing. On the episode's commentary, Mike Reiss said someone called and threatened to "kill" the Bart balloon that was coming to a Mardis Gras Parade.

In their next episode, The Simpsons responded by having the chalkboard gag be, "I will not defame New Orleans."
Last edited by Reason on 9 January 2009 at 13:09
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