Morrissey Parody Single ‘Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)’ by ‘The Simpsons’.
The Simpsons recently mimicked Morrissey and have now produced a track titled “Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (and Possibly You)” in tribute to the English artist.
The song is from the April 18 episode “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” which featured a Morrissey parody in the shape of a character named Quilloughby (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), who is Lisa Simpson’s new imaginary friend in the form of “a miserable British musician from the 1980s.”
The two attend a concert at the episode’s conclusion, during which the real-life Quilloughby goes out on stage with his stomach bulging from his vest and reveals that the show is a “cash grab.” He further claims that veganism was “created by foreigners, who are far too numerous on our earth,” before spewing racist and xenophobic insults.
Morrissey’s manager, Peter Katsis, posted a lengthy rebuttal to the program on the artist’s official Facebook page shortly after it aired. “Making light of an issue is one thing. Other shows, such as Saturday Night Live, continue to do an excellent job at inspiring great satire “He penned. “However, when a show descends to using blatantly cruel tactics such as displaying the Morrissey figure with his belly spilling out of his shirt (despite the fact that he has never looked like that in his career), one has to wonder who the true hurtful, racist group is here. Even worse, blaming the Morrissey character for racism without elaborating on specific instances accomplishes nothing. It serves no purpose other than to belittle the artist. They should take the mirror and place it in front of them.”
He continued to defend Morrissey’s character and later admitted to Rolling Stone that he was unsure whether Morrissey had seen the episode, stating, “I hope he hasn’t, to be honest.”
The Smiths frontman later issued his own comment on his website, stating that he would consider suing the show if it weren’t so costly. “The animosity directed at me by the creators of The Simpsons is obviously a taunting lawsuit, but one that will require far more resources than I can generate to mount a challenge,” he wrote. “Since my first interview some decades ago, I have endured horrific charges to the point that it is widely accepted that ‘this is how we write about Morrissey.’ That is to say, I am fairly accustomed to it.”
Bret McKenzie of Flight Of The Conchords co-wrote “Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (and Possibly You),” which was credited to Quilloughby and featured Lisa Simpson as a duet.