Did y’all catch the season finale of Simpsons last night? The particular episode I’m talking about is the one where Bart joins the pre-teen braves and Millhouse was a member of the Cavalry Kids. There is then a competition between the two groups to sell the most candy for charity. The winner gets to sing the [American] national anthem at the next ball game. The Cavalry Kids win. But, they don’t make it, instead, Bart dresses himself up like Millhouse and the other Pre-Teen Braves dress up like Cavalry Kids and proceed to sing creative lyrics to the national anthem. This gets the crowd mad and they start a riot.
That’s when it gets weird.
Marge starts crying because of the violence, and her image is picked up by the huge TV. Everyone immediately stops rioting and something along these lines is said;
“Hey, everybody, let’s sing the national anthem, but not an anthem about war, but an anthem about peace, like the Canadian national anthem.”
They then proceed to sing “O Canada” (leaving out a line, BTW).
Then Millhouse says “Well, I guess we learned that war isn’t the answer”.
To which Bart repliesj, “except to all of America’s problems.”
If you saw this for yourself, it would have seemed even stranger. Can anyone explain this? AFAIK, the Simpsons have never made very political statements, and these just seemed so obvious. Is there some joke here I’m missing?
BTW, isn’t Lorne Michaels the executive producer?