Hello, I'm River (FloBro), a crazy, obsessive fangirl of everything. If you ever need to talk, please message me, as I am always open and ready to listen.
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The Expedition [jimbenton]
A reminder from Isabelle!
Assassin’s Creed with kittens.
if you say you don’t know the lyrics to at least one high school musical song then you are lying
cat stuck in a bathtub
the face of a broken man
WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?
NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN
IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!
WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!
VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!
This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
Oh my god yes.
And can we just celebrate the fact that Lisa is reaching out and trying to build Meg back up? I love the girls-protecting-girls vibe I get from it
But then Peter chimes the fuck in and it’s just depressing because that ALL they do with Meg’s character.
But The simpsons is just SO different/better than Family Guy, for all of the above reasons. I hardly ever even care about FG anymore. But Simpsons will always be relevent and heartfelt for me.
Also in Homer’s defence, the episode “And Maggie Makes Three”
When Homer and Marge become debt-free, Homer quits his job at the nuclear power plant and gets a job at the bowling alley (his dream job). However, when Marge ends up pregnant a third time, he realizes his bowling alley salary can’t support them. Mr. Burns makes Homer beg for his job back and puts a sign above his work station that says “Don’t forget, you’re here forever.” When Maggie is born, Homer falls in love with her instantly and takes all her baby photos to work. He strategically pins them to the sign above his station so that the sign now reads “Do it for her.”
This was the episode that make me love the Simpsons.