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The Simpsons: Lisa vs Malibu Stacy
Transcript of The Simpsons: Lisa vs Malibu Stacy
HOW DO tHE sIMPSONS CREATE SATIRE?
- The Simpsons satirize most aspects of everyday life, from family to TV, to religion, to politics
- Homer is a brilliant satire of the American dad by being both lovable and incorrigible
- Lisa is the perfect daughter, who is extremely intelligent and very responsible
- Bart is the opposite to his sister, being the unintelligent brother who bothers his family whenever he is given the chance
criticism about a subject from contemporay society
- This episode "Lisa vs Malibu Stacy", criticizes us , the contemporary society by showing us that we fall very easily into publicity and the media.
- This episode shows us that we always want the newest thing, being the newest toy, phone, computer etc.
- Just like in this episode, it proves to us that even with the tiniest change to a toy or technology, we will still purchase it just because it is the new and upcoming thing
what is being satirized?
- In this episode of The Simpsons, Lisa Simpson disputes with the makers of the Malibu Stacy doll to produce a less sexist and pro feminist doll.
- When the creators of the doll won't listen to her, Lisa uses the help of Mr. Smithers, an extreme collector of Malibu Stacy dolls, to help find the original creator of the doll
- Together, Lisa and Miss Lovell (the creator of Malibu Stacy) create Lisa Lionheart, in effort to create a a doll in which will positively effect the lives of young girls
identifying the satire
- The theme that is being satirized in this episode is mostly feminism
- The situations that are being satirized are the scenes where we hear Malibu Stacy speak for the first time, when the new Malibu Stacy doll is released and when Marge speaks the same words as Malibu Stacy
example #1 of satire - Horatian
In this clip, we see horatian satire on the subject of sexism, it shows self depreciating humour for girls. The Malibu Stacy doll says sexist remarks which tell girls that they are just objects for men and that men are much more important than women, and that the job of women are to cater to men and their needs.
example #2 of satire- Parody
This clip is mokcing us, the current generation. This clip is mocking how we are so far into publicity and media. It shows us how we are obssesed with always having the newest gadgets even though there was a minor change to the product, just like the Malibu Stacy doll.
example #3 of satire- Irony
This clip shows irony, Lisa was informing her family on how terrible Malibu Stacy's messages are, and how little girls everywhere are being influenced by this doll. Marge goes on to say how she had a Malibu Stacy doll as a child and how she turned out just fine, but then repeats a Malibu Stacy saying. This is ironic because we do not expect Marge to have been so heavily influenced by this doll and it is a situation in which we didn't expect
Marge Simpson is an optimistic, cheerful and hard-working woman. She is a hippie-feminist-turned housewife struggling to hold her family
together under the stress of financial troubles. Marge struggles with constant feelings of a wasted life (her dreams of becoming a painter
were then turned into becoming a full time mother and housewife of 3 beautiful children), but she still puts her best face on for her
loving family of 5. Marge is the typical American housewife; she is often seen lunch-packing, scrape-kissing and lullaby-singing.
I think this episode is a great episode and
really proves to us that we focus far too
much on publicity and the media and always want the newest technology or toys. It shows us how maybe our priorities should be changed, and instead of focusing on dolls or phones we should focus on family and things that truly matter.