Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The Simpsons on Corporate Sponsorship
In the episode “Make Room for Lisa," Homer takes the kids to an exhibition of artifacts and cultural treasures of American history (including Abraham Lincoln's hat, the Constitution and Fonzi's jacket) from the Smithsonian Institution. Entering the museum, Lisa notices that it is sponsored by the Omnitech cellphone company. Lisa asks why the government would need funding. "Museums lose their soul when they take money from corporations," she says. The Omnitech rep replies, "the government needs to spend its money on more important things, such as anti-tobacco programs, pro-tobacco programs, killing wild donkeys and Israel."