Thursday, 29 January 2009

Leave Bart out of it...

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Oh dear. We know Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, is a Scientologist, but we had to just hope that the two would never mix.

But no. In lending her voice to "robocalls" promoting a Scientology event (I suppose we'd just call them "automated calls" in Britain, but I like the way that name evokes memories of robot renegade cops), Cartwright briefly plays the legendary yellow tearaway, saying:
"What's happening man, this is Bart Simpson [laughs] ... Just kidding. Don't hang up. This is Nancy Cartwright and this is a very special phone call to you. I'm now auditing on New OT VII and have been asked to speak at the Flag World Tour Event on January 31st in the Grand Ballroom, Hollywood and Highland Centre . . . It's going to be a blast man [laughs] ... See you there man!"
Apparently top brass at 20th Century Fox, who make The Simpsons, weren't too pleased at Bart's voice being used on behalf of Scientology, and today they issued this statement:
"The Simpsons does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars."
So I guess we just have to hope it doesn't happen again. Don't expect that Scientology Simpsons episode any time soon though. Thankfully we have South Park for that.

Here's the robocall audio if you want to hear it:

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3 comments:

warren said...

"The Simpsons does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars."

Not so. Lisa coverted to Buddhism a few years ago.

scottmaciver said...

I wouldn't say that was endorsing Buddhism (not forgetting the argument that buddhism isn't a religion but a philosophy)....the Simpons have been going to church for years too remember.

That just happens to be the character's religion. IF i wrote a book about a jew converting to islam it wouldn't been i was endorsing either religion.

scottmaciver said...

sorry about the typos...trying to blog and serve customers at the same time isn't the most productive thing in the world.