Homer loves Catholics

Last Sunday, Liam Neeson guest starred in a pretty funny new episode of the Simpsons that went out on US TV (expect to see it on Sky during the summer). Neeson played an Irish priest who encouraged Homer and Bart to turn Catholic, leading to outrage among the local community. During the show, Homer says the immortal line..

“Catholics Rule! We’ve got Boston, South America and the good part of Ireland”!

It’s all pretty tounge-in-cheek, but I’m looking forward to the inevitable outrage (people regularly take the Simpsons too seriously).

Another classic moment sees a dream sequence where Marge ends up in Protestant heaven (featuring lots of posh people in polo shirts playing badminton) while Homer’s living it up in Catholic heaven (which is basically a massive Irish bar, where half the punters are Riverdancing and the other half are fighting).

  • Occasional Commenter

    Any line dancing going on in either Heaven?

  • another_pleb

    I imagine that there won’t be isn’t any communal, social eating in the protestant heaven. (If the Free pres. church have anything to do with it, that is).

    I think there was an episode of South Park where Judgement Day happens and God shows up and says that people who selected the religion: “Mormonism” had chosen correctly and that everyone else was damned.

  • Chris Gaskin

    “Homer’s living it up in Catholic heaven (which is basically a massive Irish bar”

    Sounds good to me as long as I can smoke 😉

  • Davros

    as long as I can smoke 😉

    That’s only allowed in the ‘bad part’ of Ireland’s bars 😉

  • Chris Gaskin

    “That’s only allowed in the ‘bad part’ of Ireland’s bars ;)”

    Ahh but it’s Catholic heaven so it’s a United Ireland Irish bar which allows smoking 😉

    The “bad part” is the Free P heaven, no fun at all 😉

  • spirit-level

    Well if the Titanic film was anything to go by I know which party I’d prefer to be at

  • Jo

    Could I ask for clarification about the alleged “social dining” ban, please? Strikes me that this is apotential disater area for unionism of the Free P variety?

  • Carrington

    One of the funniest lines in The Simpson is when Homer’s dad is dying (two burst kidneys!) and Marge asked the Revd. Lovejoy if he can give him the last rites, to which Rev Lovejoy responds “That’s Catholic Marge, you might as well ask me to do a vodoo dance!”

  • Dessertspoon

    As Springfield customs go I always liked Whacking Day – apparently to drive the snakes out the town but actually an excuse to beat the Irish 😉 “and sure tis all true, I took many a lump but it was all in fun!”

    HOMER FOR FIRST MINISTER!!!!

  • Dec

    Or how about when Ned Flanders is arrested (erroneously) for DUI. As Chief Wiggum puts him into the back of the police car he sneers: “Where’s your messiah now, Flanders?”

  • spirit-level

    Jo
    “It’s all pretty tounge-in-cheek”

    For those that haven’t seen the episode, including myself I’ve a link to it on my WinmX and will let you know when I can share it.
    Carrington how have you mananged to see it?

  • another_pleb

    Jo, I think the social dining thing was mentioned on radio. It could have been “Sunday Sequence” or “Broadasting House”. I may be wrong but it definitely was a discussion whereby someone had claimed that the popularity of the DUP in the election was linked somehow to the Free Pres.

    One on the talking heads mentiooned a few of the more bizarre rules line dancing and went on to mention about a ban on restaurants and dinner parties. He went on to say that for many DUP voters, rules such as these were overly strict and likely to be unpopular.

  • Occasional Commenter

    Is it not true that the ban on line-dancing was just a slip of the tongue? Didn’t he mean to denounce lap dancing instead?

  • Carrington

    spirit-level

    I haven’t – the comment above was from an earlier episode. Another humorous episode is when, along with the rest of the town, Homer joins The Movementarians. Marge manages to escape and arrives at the Church to find Revd. Lovejoy dousing the place in petrol – “I never thought I’d have to do this again”! Excellent.

    Although the best character in The Simpsons is without a doubt Monty Burns!

  • DCB

    Keep an eye out for the recent Southpark Christmas special – Little Critter Christmas, very funny. Turns into one incredibly long and twisted Jewish joke on Karl by Cartman

  • groucho

    re free P’s not liking social dining… It was mentioned by the author Prof Steve Bruce on Sunday Sequence. Can’t see this being too popular though. From what I saw at a few Dup conferences, the Free P’s love their grub!

  • TAFKABO

    Ever notice the remarkable similarities between Montgomery Burns and Reg Empey?

  • spirit-level

    Carrington
    I see
    Well maybe I’ll be the first to get it downloaded.
    Its 183Mb in avi format, but not many are sharing it… so it may take a while. I’ll be the first to blog it here , and give instructions on how to get it off me, priority to slugger bloggers of course;)

  • Carrington

    TAF

    Yes – they are eerily similar.

  • beano; EverythingUlster.com

    “Well maybe I’ll be the first to get it downloaded.
    Its 183Mb in avi format, but not many are sharing it… so it may take a while. I’ll be the first to blog it here , and give instructions on how to get it off me, priority to slugger bloggers of course;)”

    Careful now. Libel’s bad enough, do we need to risk copyright infringement too?

  • spirit-level

    interesting beano
    as far as I’m aware WinMx is a peer-2-peer network. There are loopholes here. Most of those with large databases have a disclaimer on their shares, which seems to get round the legal problem. If I’m wrong I may find myself detained under Her Majesty’s Pleasure 🙂

  • Aaron

    If you do want to see it, bittorrent is the fastest way. I’m not offering instructions of tech support, but you’ll find links at http://isohunt.com/

  • beano; EverythingUlster.com

    Spirit-Level – The RIAA etc have managed to shut down sites like SuprNova.org, shareconnector.com and others. I just don’t want to see anything posted that would leave slugger open to action. Be very careful what you post is all I’m saying.

  • spirit-level

    Beano
    “I just don’t want to see anything posted that would leave slugger open to action.”
    Absolutely right. Point taken

  • serak

    There are also some Italians in Catholic Heaven. And, umm, I didn’t mention DC++ being a good place to get it…

  • Ray

    In one of the historical episodes Homer plays Henry VIII. After he splits from Rome and sets up his own church he divorces Marge only to be told that Marge will get half his kingdom. A map of the British Isles is torn in half and Marge says in a disappointed voice, “I get Ireland?” . Homer then points at Marge and laughs.

  • fair_deal

    I always loved the Kent Brokman line in the St Pats/prohibition episode.

    “Drunkeness, violence, destruction of property are these the things we associate with the Irish?”

  • Gonzo

    Occasional Commenter

    I posted it here a while back that the Paisley reference to line dancing was probably a slip up, and he meant to say lap dancing.

    I can’t remember what provoked his remark – maybe it was the issue of the strip club that used to operate in Botanic Avenue?

    Can’t remember who gave me the info though. (Wouldn’t say anyway!)

  • beano; EverythingUlster.com

    I don’t know Gonzo, I was under the impression that at least one report quoted him as disapproving of any form of dancing because apparently it’s all sexual on some level.

    Free P weddings must be a barrel of laughs.

  • fair_deal

    Its not restricted to the Free P’s. A presbyterian church hall once cancelled an Ulster-scots night I was helping to organise because the programme included dancing.

    There is also the very very old joke that presbyterians aren’t allowed to have sex standing up in case it leads to dancing.

  • exBangorBoy

    The Simpsons rule! Their satire on matters religious is, in 2000s America, quite picquant. Don’t forget that a third of the people in the USA don’t believe in evolution, Kansas has just voted to put creationism back in the *science* curriculum and the rates of church attendance would put Ballymena to shame.

    Speaking of weddings in Norn Iron, most of my extended family is still in the North and I’m over every year or two for another cousin’s wedding. The first three that I went to were all “dry” (try explaining to your friends in Toronto that you are heading to Ireland to attend a dry wedding…), with not a free P in sight. One cousin married a Baptist, the other 2 married Plymouth Brethern. At one of the Brethern weddings, the reception “speeches” consisted of sermons from various members of the bride’s family culminating in her grandfather (who must have been 90 if he was a day) going on for 30 minutes. My uncle and I were gagging for a pint and couldn’t wait to hit the first pub on the way home.

  • S.O.S.

    Gonzo, Beano is correct. Here is the BBC link to the 18 May 2001 article where Paisley specifically condemns line dancing because it “caters to the lusts of the flesh.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/vote2001/hi/english/northern_ireland/newsid_1337000/1337473.stm

    If Paisley sincerely believes line dancing caters to the lusts of the flesh, I would be curious to see his oratorical take on lap dancing. The mind boggles!

  • S.O.S.

    Gonzo, Beano is correct. Here is the BBC link to the 18 May 2001 article where Paisley specifically condemns line dancing because it “caters to the lusts of the flesh.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/vote2001/hi/english/northern_ireland/newsid_1337000/1337473.stm

    If Paisley sincerely believes line dancing caters to the lusts of the flesh, I would be curious to see his oratorical take on lap dancing. The mind boggles!

  • exBangorBoy

    With regard to lap dancing, maybe big Ian would condemn it because it caters to the thrusts of the flesh.

    (Not that I – ahem – have ever actually seen any lap dancing, or even line dancing for that matter…just saw a documentary on TV – ahem)

  • exBangorBoy

    Oh, by the way, Homer’s best line ever:

    “Alcohol…cause of and solution to so many of life’s problems”

  • Gonzo

    Great quote:

    However, Reverend David McIlveen of the Free Presbyterian Church’s Morals and Standards Committee said dancing was not in line with the church’s teaching.

    I may be wrong, but I seem to remember (very vaguely) that after Paisley made his initial remark, that he maybe said something afterwards to back it up. I thought at the time it was maybe to save face, as he’d stand over the initial statement no matter what. He’s stubborn like that. Could be wrong though.

  • bertie

    fair-deal

    “There is also the very very old joke that presbyterians aren’t allowed to have sex standing up in case it leads to dancing.”

    actually literally did laugh out loud. I will be telling everyone this joke today.

  • mucher

    Reminds me of what my Mam told us when she was in school. The nuns always told them not to dance on polished floors ‘cos boys could see their underwear in the reflection and so be led into sin. Also if sitting on a boy’s lap always to spread a newspaper down first!

  • torontoirish

    exBangorboy

    Try explaining to your friends in Toronto that you go to Belfast every year and consistently out-drink all the locals! You’re right: I’m not sure the Irish properly deserve their drunken stereotype (except for ex-pats and sons of emigrants 🙂

  • Young Irelander

    Just heard about that quote today on the radio. Reminds me of that Father Ted epiosode where they’re playing Cluedo with the priest from Cuba or somewhere like that and I think he believes the Reverend was the one who committed the murder :

    Ted: Those Protestants – up to no good as usual!

    This Simpsons episode should be a good one though. They’re in desperate need of good episodes. Recent seasons have been pure tripe…

  • Young Irelander

    Just heard about that quote today on the radio. Reminds me of that Father Ted epiosode where they’re playing Cluedo with the priest from Cuba or somewhere like that and I think he believes the Reverend was the one who committed the murder :

    Ted: Those Protestants – up to no good as usual!

    This Simpsons episode should be a good one though. They’re in desperate need of good episodes. Recent seasons have been pure tripe…

  • Young Irelander

    Just heard about that quote today on the radio. Reminds me of that Father Ted epiosode where they’re playing Cluedo with the priest from Cuba or somewhere like that and I think he believes the Reverend was the one who committed the murder :

    Ted: Those Protestants – up to no good as usual!

    This Simpsons episode should be a good one though. They’re in desperate need of good episodes. Recent seasons have been pure tripe…

  • Young Irelander

    Just heard about that quote today on the radio. Reminds me of that Father Ted epiosode where they’re playing Cluedo with the priest from Cuba or somewhere like that and I think he believes the Reverend was the one who committed the murder :

    Ted: Those Protestants – up to no good as usual!

    This Simpsons episode should be a good one though. They’re in desperate need of good episodes. Recent seasons have been pure tripe…

  • Weapons of Crass Instruction

    Ever notice the remarkable similarities between Montgomery Burns and Reg Empey?

    Homer Simpson & Nigel Dodds?