There is no worse thing in this world than a disenchanted former Simpsons Fan. Unless its hearing one talk about his favorite show as though as it some thing unpleasant on the bottom of his shoe. Such is the opinion of the majority of those who populate both the newsgroup alt.tv.simpsons and www.simpworks.com.
Speaking to Kenneth White, the afore mentioned former Simpsons Fan, is like speaking to a man whose soul has been carved out of him like a man would carve ice cream from a tub.
This is because he is, The Simpsons stole five years of his life and now he wants them back. Of course, as Kenneth told me, it is not a case of the show being 'not funny' it is a case of it failing to appeal to our generation anymore. We have, in short, been betrayed. Need any proof? Look at some of the comments made by Ian Maxatome Graham in the media 'Go figure thats why there on the internet and we're writing the show!' and Al Jean 'I'm just gonna milk this cash cow till it dies!' Can I say this any louder? No other TV show in Pop Culture History has ever systematically alienated its core fan base! I have tried to think of a show and there is not a single one. Only The Simpsons writers have decided to thumb there noses at us. Why? Because they have sold there souls to the same fizzy happy go lucky disposable razor pop culture that the show sent up in its early years. And if Veteran Fans dare question the infinite wisdom of Al Jean? They are spat on, accused of not being a ‘True Fan’. Just who is Al Jean anyway and why do Die Hard Fans have him high up on a pedestal? What has Al Jean done to receive this accolade? If its because he wrote a few good episodes then why are you not kissing Mike Scully’s feet too? Or is it because now that the Scully Era has ended you think Al Jean is manna from heaven? Well he isn’t, he is, as fellow Simpsons Scholar Jake Lennington put it, only perceived like this because of the Scully Era. Or to quote my good friend Frank Osborne, ‘Mike Scully makes anyone look good!’