Fans were not happy with the comments
Ted Cruz has defended his recent claims that the Simpsons family would all be Republicans – apart from Lisa.
The Texas Senator, who failed in his run against Trump for the Republican Presidential candidacy in the lead-up to the 2016 election, said last week: “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.”
Cruz has since told TMZ that the reaction to his comments had been “more than a little amusing”, hitting out at the “humourless shills on the left”.
He added: “A lot of Democrats say how happy they were not to be the party of Homer Simpson. I think Homer Simpson is an everyman. He works hard, he provides for his family.”
Cruz went on to argue that Bart not wanting “a bunch of sanctimonious Seymour Skinners running his life” showed that the character held a Libertarian viewpoint that he’s “proud” to be “reflected” in the Republican party.
Marge, Cruz says, “holds the family together” and “reins in Lisa’s overenthusiasm”. He argued that there’s “an awful lot of folks on the far-left that look down on the Marge Simpsons of the world”.
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Needless to say, many Simpsons fans were not amused by Cruz’s original remarks.
“The entire point of the Simpsons is that Homer is a walking example of what not to do and Lisa is the voice of reason. Ted Cruz is the least self-aware organism on the planet,” one tweet read.
Another said: “Don’t throw Maggie in with that group”.
Many Simpsons alumni responded to Cruz’s remarks, disagreeing with his assertion.
Screenwriter and producer Al Jean tweeted: “Ted Cruz says Maggie Simpson would vote for him. I think Ted’s the one who could use a pacifier in his mouth.”
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“The way things are going even Mr. Burns is thinking of becoming a Democrat,” he added.
Former Simpsons showrunner Bill Oakley, meanwhile, wrote: “[Homer] may be Republican because the joke with Homer, as everyone knows, is that he is poorly-informed and reactionary in the extreme”.
“I don’t want to leave readers with the taste of Ted Cruz’s Simpsons impressions, seasoned with sweaty desperation, in their mouths,” said the show’s animator Anna Maltese.
Maltese added: “As a Simpsons animator for many years, I can say with 100% certainty that A) Lisa is officially the conscience of the family so…awesome. B) Neither Marge nor Homer are Republicans.”
See their responses in full below.
The Simpsons, which has aired since 1989, is currently in its 29th season.