The Simpsons

Posted on: Tue, 12/14/2004 - 6:59am
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

Here is an email we received.

Subject: the Simpsons

I'm writing to let you know that tonight on " The Simpsons" (on FOX nov 21st 2004) they aired an episode called "Sleeping with the Enemy" . Most of the show had nothing to do with Peanut allergys but towards the end there was one of the worst things I've ever seen on TV.
I love the show " the Simpsons" and I was so upset by this episode I wrote a letter to FOX. There was a character on the show who.. it was explained .. left his family because he went out one night to buy cigarettes and never came back. It ended up what really happened was he had a Peanut allergy, ate a peanut candy bar, swelled up into a deformed monster, was captured by a passing circus, was thrown into a cage labeled " Freak" and had peanuts thrown at him. .
My P.A. son saw the show and burst into tears.

Did anybody else at see this show? if anybody wants to write they can do so at [email][/email]

Here is a copy of the letter I wrote to FOX:

Tonight on your show The Simpsons ("Sleeping with the Enemy" Nov 21, 2004) towards the end of the show it was explained that Nelson's father had a peanut allergy. He then ate a candy bar containing peanuts, swelled up into a deformed monster, was picked up by the circus, thrown into a cage labeled FREAK and had peanuts thrown at him. I understand The Simpsons makes fun of EVERYBODY and it is my favorite show on television. I have purchased the first four seasons on DVD. It is also my six year old sons favorite show. I also realize that some material on The Simpsons may not be appropriate for a six year old. Nothing on the show has ever bothered him before. Tonight after the show he burst into tears.
My son has a life threatening Peanut allergy. To him it is not funny. If he eats a peanut he could die. Seeing a character on his favorite show with a peanut allergy has the potential to be a good thing. To then see that character swell up and be hauled off, thrown into a cage labeled "freak" and have peanuts thrown at him was really horrible.

Would you air a show that had a blind or deaf person in the same situation? " Ha Ha ... you freak you can't see or hear. " Maybe you would. I don't know. I realize The Simpsons is a show that does things that are normally "taboo". And that is one of the things that makes it great. This time I think you went too far. You made a very sweet little boy and a HUGE fan cry himself to sleep.

One in every hundred children has a peanut allergy. I'm sure my son is not the only person that was bothered by this episode.

I know you can't undo a show that has already aired but Please, in the future, be more careful with issues that can affect how a child will be treated in school the next day.

A heartbroken and disappointed fan.

And to you at .. keep up the good work.
Hoping for a cure.

[This message has been edited by Chris PeanutAllergy Com (edited December 14, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 11:23am
mommysamuels's picture
Joined: 11/21/2004 - 09:00

What an awful episode, your poor little guy. You will definately have to update us when you hear back from Fox. That was an amazing letter you sent by the way. I would be appauled if I had watched that episode as well.

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 1:45pm
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OMG! Whether okay or not with other parents, I do let my 9 year old PA son watch The Simpsons. I have no idea if he saw this episode. Now I'm going to have to speak with him about this.
I hope he didn't see it. He's the type of child that if he did see it, he wouldn't tell us that he did and that it bothered him. He would keep it inside.
Thank-you for posting this, Chris.
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