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YMMV / The Simpsons S 7 E 16 Lisa The Iconoclast

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  • Franchise Original Sin: The Season 9 episode "The Principal and the Pauper" would be criticized for revealing that everything the other characters and the audience knew about Principal Skinner was a lie, and to this day is accused of causing the show to Jump the Shark into Seasonal Rot. This episode did the same thing with Jebediah Springfield two seasons earlier, exposing the fact that his reputation was based on myths, but it was far easier to swallow when these retcons were made about a long-dead character the audience never knew personally (on top of that, it was a parody on the dark side of historical figures who often are revered for their virtues while their vices are downplayed).
  • Memetic Mutation: "Town cryer, I'd like to ask you a few questions: one, where's the fife? And two, gimmie the fife." Many Simpsons fans cite this as the funniest line in the whole show.
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  • Values Dissonance: As historiography around the world becomes more critical towards founding and national myths, deciding to cover up facts about the problematic or even cruel sides of historical figures for the sake of protecting people's hopes feels more like an outright disservice than a necessary evil.
  • What an Idiot!: Mayor Quimby almost commits a major one. He intends to cover-up the truth about Jebediah Springfield by hiring a sniper to kill a little girl, in full view of the public, after she has spent days telling everyone around her that Jebediah Springfield is a pirate. Even in Springfield, it's unlikely that everyone would overlook the murder of an eight-year-old girl and not connect it to her latest campaign for justice.
    • To an extent, Lisa discussing the truth about Springfield in a school report was pretty stupid. Since Lisa just discovered his confession, Ms. Hoover would have no point of reference and naturally assume Lisa's report was just Political Correctness Gone Mad.


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