The Simpsons has portrayed Donald Trump many times over the last decade and a half, but has Trump ever actually been a guest voice on the show? Did he even ask if he could? During The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic Con, an audience member asked if they had ever turned down any celebrity’s request to join the show. Their cryptic answer:
Let’s just say he’s the president of the United States.”
They make it sound like he’s the only celebrity they’ve ever turned down. OUCH. Surely the show has turned down many celebrity requests, so why single out Trump? Why not name someone else, refuse to answer, or even give a list whether it includes Trump or not? Because they had a point to make, and it sounds like that point is that they especially don’t like Donald Trump.
Many celebrities consider it an honor to be on the show, and many do request to be a guest voice there. Donald Trump had brief appearances in Two Weeks’ Notice and Home Alone 2, both of which left much to be desired despite the fact that he was playing himself. Perhaps they felt his acting abilities, such as they are, were just not up to snuff?
The request(s) actually may have come before or after or in between those films, so who knows what criteria they would have used. It’s also possible they just didn’t like his attitude, or just don’t like him, period, and never have. What a blow to someone who believes himself to be beloved and the best at everything.
The panel also poked fun at their 2000 episode depicting Trump as the President of the United States, their insistence on making fun of their own network, and at Bill O’Reilly. Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, said that not all their episodes that predict things are bad, and tied that to Bill O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News:
Bill O’Reilly called us pinheads, and look what happened.”
The irreverent series may soon become a target for Trump, depending on what they say and do. His thin skin won’t stand for being mocked, especially if it starts happening all the time. It’s a good bet they won’t care. It’s a better bet that they’d use it to their advantage.
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