Homer Simpson: King Idiot
The comedy series The Simpsons, created in 1987 by Matt Groening, owes a large part of its success to its principle character: a stupid, vulgar, alcoholic father figure, whose naiveté is almost touching.
After more than 500 episodes and 23 seasons, however, it’s the staggering stupidity of this character that is contributing to the series’ decline in quality.
Season after season, Homer Simpson has abandoned what little sarcasm and irony he had, to become a simple ignoramus which, along with his other more ordinary vices – gluttony, laziness, envy and anger – makes him almost unbearable.
This maniac, when he’s not stuffing himself with hamburgers and donuts in front of his TV, spends the rest of his time at the nuclear power station where he is supposed to work, and at the bar of his friend Moe, where he drinks.
The scriptwriters, apparently running out of steam, have subjected the already mediocre personality of Homer Simpson, to a catastrophic and dead-end transformation, likely to bring us all down with it.
Is it not time for Homer Simpson to go back to square one?