In this loose parody of the musical Evita
, Lisa is elected Student Body president, but is unaware that the school staff plans to use her to their own ends.
The Simpsons episode “The President Wore Pearls” provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adam Westing: Controversial documentary maker and Simpsons fan Michael Moore, who has something of an appetite for accusations of factual flippancy, has a ten-second cameo appearance as himself, introduced as a “professional butt-in-ski” to offer rhetorical support to Lisa’s student strike. He rather readily admits to Kent Brockman that he found his claim that “kids who don’t have music and art are ten times more likely to fail in life and appear in one of [his] movies” from this source: “Your mother!” He also provides extensive commentary about the episode on the Season 15 DVD.
- Blatant Lies: On advice from their lawyers, the people responsible for the episode swear they have never heard of a musical based on the life of Eva Perón.
- Dissimile: Marge compares Lisa, once installed as president, to “Geraldine Ferraro … except she lost.”
- Never a Self-Made Woman: When Marge saw how Lisa was dressed-up, she said Lisa looked successful and compared her to "the wife of a businessman".
- Sarcasm-Blind: Marge as Bart sarcastically complimented Lisa for her actions as Student Council President.
- Villain Song: Well, partially. During Lisa's big number, we get snippets of "Evil Plan" sung by Skinner revealing his true intent to manipulate her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Skinner wants to lower Springfield Elementary’s budget. A worthy endeavor, that. How does he plan to carry this out? By removing gym, music and art from the school’s curriculum. Right, that won’t hurt the kids at all.