'The Simpsons' takes heat for joke about seal-clubbing 'stupid Newfies'

'The Simpsons' takes heat for joke about seal-clubbing 'stupid Newfies'
Canadian Press
April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019 1:22 PM EDT
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The hotly anticipated Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons” has opened a can of worms in the country’s easternmost province for a gag depicting its people as seal-clubbing “stupid Newfies.”
The episode, co-written by Canadian Tim Long, features a segment where the character Ralph Wiggum shouts “I’m a Newfie” before beating the head off a stuffed toy seal.
The term “Newfie” is considered a slur by many, with origins implying Newfoundlanders are unintelligent and lazy.
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The clip was widely shared on social media as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians shared opinions on the joke, with some shrugging it off and others criticizing it as outdated, lazy stereotyping.
Comedian Mark Critch of CBC’s satirical news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes tweeted about the joke to call it “the lamest, least-interesting ‘Newfie’ joke I’ve heard.”
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In 2013, The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon visited the province with actor Pamela Anderson to offer a US$1-million incentive to help buy out sealing licences.
Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson, Sam Simon (left), producer of “The Simpsons,” and an unidentified security guard (right) attempt to deliver a letter and a million-dollar cheque to end the annual commercial seal hunt to the office of the Canadian Sealers Association in St. John’s, N.L., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Paul Daly / THE CANADIAN PRESS
No one is upset. Fake news.
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

No one is upset. Fake news.

yep. newfies arnt real.
Ron in Regina
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I watched this clip online & it was awesome. Trudeau scuttling like a bug away from a question about SNC Lavolin. Nice!! Interesting to see ourselves from the outside looking in.