Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Simpsons' Secret Scottish Subtext

From The Scotsman of Aug. 16, 2005:

Scots abroad create a heritage of profits


BRAVEHEART: myth or historical realism? That's the question faced by Robert Sproul-Cran, co-founder and chief executive of Tartan TV, an Aberdeen-based company which makes shows to satisfy the insatiable North American appetite for all things Scottish - especially the desire to trace their roots back to the "old country".


So, the Aberdeen firm enlisted the unlikely aid of hugely popular cartoon series The Simpsons.


"They've got this character Groundskeeper Willie, who is bearded and all "och-aye the noo", and he's supposed to be the archetypical Scot. The joke is really that, with names such as Simpson and Burns (the arch-industrialist character), about half the other characters are of Scottish background."


[Read the whole story]
What about Apu Nahasapeemapetilon? Doesn't sound Scottish to me.

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