Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Springfield Ohio Politicians to Simpsons: Drop Dead, Doughnut Heads!
My favorite Hollywood publicity campaign of the moment is the tug-of-war orchestrated by “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and his fellow producers of “The Simpsons Movie” for various towns named Springfield to host the film’s premiere. The clever catch is that cartoon dad Homer Simpson and his dysfunctional clan lives in a carton burg named Springfield; one with a nuclear power plant spewing waste. So choosing a town named Springfield over the typical red carpet locales of New York City and Los Angeles makes perfect sense. Of course, the politicos representing the various Springfields are expectedly out-of-touch. Speaking to Capital News Connection, Republican Congressman David Hobson, who represents Springfield, Ohio, said, “I know my daughters don’t allow their children to watch it. I’m not really excited about the Hollywood types.” Hobson’s boneheaded statement may cost him the votes of Springfield, Ohio teens. Of course, teens don’t vote, but when they do, they should remember that Hobson may have blown their chances at calling The Simpsons cartoon residents of the Buckeye State.