Homer Simpson and Racism

There has been much excitement (and disappointment) about where the real Springfield is that Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge and Homer Simpson call home. Matt Groenig has gotten a lot of attention and probably had a lot of fun while teasing people about where the fictional town resides for “the Simpsons.” However, it is probably more than just fun which keeps him from naming the location of the town.

Imagine a tornado, earthquake, or flood wiping out a town named Springfield. That would be awkward to address in the cartoon. Or how about some of the stories which have recently come out of Springfield Oregon (which as of April 2012 was no longer the official home of the Simpsons):

KKK Pamphlets distributed

Four arrested on racial intimidation charges

How would Groenig address persistent racial tensions in the town of Springfield Oregon? Pretty easy… his town of Springfield currently does not have an official state. That way, whether it be natural disaster or white supremacy politics, Groenig can safely sidestep the issue and have fun in the world of “the Simpsons” and address political issues or natural disasters at his discretion. For that reason, Groenig may never name the official town of the Simpsons.

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