‘Simpsons’ writer on mining Ontario roots for ‘80s film, running afoul of Morrissey
TORONTO - Before he moved to the United States to become a comedy writer on late-night talk shows and “The Simpsons,” Tim Long was a self-described ne...
Another source of inspiration he’s found himself returning to: English rocker Morrissey, lead singer of ‘80s group the Smiths.
Long incorporated the Smiths’ music and band into “The Exchange” and wrote a recent episode of “The Simpsons” including a character “not entirely” based on Morrissey.
Long called it “a loving homage to Morrissey, for the most part, at least for the first couple of acts.”
But Morrissey took issue with the episode, which aired in April, with his manager issuing a statement calling it “hurtful” and ”hypocritical.“
“Morrissey maybe wasn’t thrilled about the character, and then the movie that I wrote also features not just music from the Smiths but also a scene involving the Smiths, and he’s going to think, ‘What is this guy’s problem?’” Long said with a laugh.
“But if I ever meet him I’ll have to tell him, ‘We shot the movie two years ago, this was not a reaction to you.’ I don’t think he had any reason to complain from the first one (’The Simpsons’ episode), but he has even less reason (with the film). It’s just a kid who loves the band, like I did.
“I was a huge fan. I never thought in a million years I’d end up in a feud with the guy. But life takes some weird turns.”
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