There are many things about Belgium that I don’t always get, but I really do not get the obsession that Belgians seem to have with The Simpsons. In fact, I don’t understand why anyone would be obsessed with that show, but I can understand it even less when it seems to be a whole nation that is captivated by it. So many times during my lectures this semester a professor has made a reference to The Simpsons. Just yesterday, in one of my literature courses, a professor shared a clip of one of the episodes to elaborate on Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven. The lecture hall was filled with hundreds of students erupting in laughter, seemingly delighting in their common knowledge of every episode of The Simpsons that was ever produced. Is this some sort of Belgian humor that I’m incapable of understanding? What is it about The Simpsons that these people seem to be mesmerized by? Why is it that I always feel that I am upsetting the balance of their universe when I tell them that not every American enjoys watching The Simpsons and I am indeed one of those Americans that doesn’t?
As much as I hate Homer Simpson’s voice (and Bart’s, too, for that matter), I suppose I’m going to have to get used to hearing it all the time as he seems to be a very fixed part of this culture.
Here is the audio from the episode about The Raven: