Written by Staff Writer by Suzannah Weiss, CNN
Homer Simpson may say his sentences are “great — like the deep-sea fishing trip you spent a week on,” but it didn’t help the contestant on “Who Would You Rather?”
Making the somewhat unpopular decision to answer questions about Homer by taking questions about him, a man on Thursday’s episode of the game show appeared to drop the mic when discussing Homer Simpson, one of the longest-running characters on the long-running 1960s cartoon series “The Simpsons.”
Onlookers watching the episode were quick to notice that a contestant on the programme “Who Would You Rather?” said Homer Simpson is a great father. Credit: Adam Rose/FOX/REX/Shutterstock
“I love Walt,” the man said about 16 years after his daughter’s sixth birthday. “But he looks like Homer Simpson. So no.”
Homer — the famously clumsy alcoholic who has swilled SpaghettiOs off the windscreen of his car and has notoriously pitted himself against the neighbours to win “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — has a reputation for being an amateur actor.
In a 2000 episode, he told his boss, Mr Burns, the only reason he has any work is because the mayor, Alderperson Skinner, is afraid to fire him — because he fears retribution from the power-brokers at ‘Nestling, an Irish pub.
Going for the gold
The question asked was whether a celebrity had tried to go for gold by getting six or more times the number of gold medals won in an Olympics. With a score of 11 gold medals, then-tennis star Boris Becker — while with the Wimbledon club, No 6! — came sixth out of a field of 62. (In 1994, he won five golds — he went for the gold again at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.)
Homer as a refugee friend of Homer on “The Simpsons”. Credit: FOX/Maggie Sunne
The show wasn’t missing its mark, however, turning Homer’s flub into a viral hashtag, with commentators such as the Kardashian family and USA Today circling the similarity between the quiz question and the “Breaking Bad” fandom.
“And who would you rather?” asked host Henry Winkler on the show. “A. Homer … or B. Sherlock Holmes? Then I think you could safely say The Simpsons win.”
The show, in its current 26th season, continues to inspire the ambitions of its inhabitants, with the latest episode, “Bart the Genius,” asking the question: Can children change things and solve life’s problems like adults?