|Make a Brand New Start of It
||[Aug. 23rd, 2015|10:01 pm]
Tapestry, aka Tim
The FXX channel just showed something I didn't think I'd ever see again. It was the episode of "The Simpsons" where they go to New York City to retrieve Homer's car, which Barney abandoned when he went on a two-month drinking spree. |
It's a hilarious episode. Marge and the kids have a wonderful time in the city while everything that could possibly go wrong for Homer absolutely does. The reason I didn't think I'd ever see it again was because that particular episode was pulled out of syndication after 2001... because it prominently featured the World Trade Center.
Showing the twin towers was a sensitive subject. After the 9/11 attacks, some studios actually re-edited movies set in New York to delete the World Trade Center. They thought it would be too disturbing to show it like it was still there. When Homer finds his car, it's parked in between the towers with a pile of parking tickets and a boot on one wheel. He ends up almost destroying his car getting it back. It's still a funny episode, and the humor seemed to soften seeing the twin towers again.
Laughter is good. It's healthy to laugh. The tragedy of the 9/11 attacks remains, but I think the ability to laugh shows we can grow beyond tragedy, and not let it weigh us down. In this way, humor can be a sign of strength and resiliency.