On Sunday, legendary British rocker Morrissey was parodied on “The Simpsons” as a surly character named Quilloughby. The show mocked Morrissey’s experience with recent lawsuits, as well as his allegedly racist comments. The show even called into question his veganism.
While viewers on social media thought the character was funny, for Morrissey it was no laughing matter. The Morrissey Official Facebook account released a shortly after the episode aired, in part saying, “When a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here.”
The show enlisted the help of actor Benedict Cumberbatch to play a younger version of the Morrissey-inspired character and skewer the former Smiths frontman.
Even though the episode, cleverly titled “Panic on the Streets of Springfield,” mocked the rocker, “The Simpsons” at least made the character a great singer.