Now that I ride the train on a regular basis, I am being accustomed to its scheduling, arriving early and squeezing through the doors to find a seat. It takes good practice to take a nap and wake up early enough to get off at the right stop.
I always hear people talk, which is normal. Sometimes people can talk so loud that I have no choice but to listen to what is being said. There was a man and a woman that was sitting across from me. They appeared slightly older than I was. Both of them were discussing relationships and what kind of shows they like. The girl said something that gave me a quick flashback:
“I had a boyfriend who really loved The Simpsons and it irritated me. That’s why we’re not together anymore.”
- Unknown woman
Would you think I’m crazy if I said I’ve heard other women say that too? Keep in mind, I really don’t know how much this particular person loved the show; for all I know, he could live in a near-perfect replica of the Simpson’s house.
Believe it or not, I have heard more than one woman admit that they had a boyfriend that loved The Simpsons and it was a factor in their relationship ending. And guess how many of these girls happened to love Friends?
I just kept thinking about this. The Simpson’s is a family show, isn’t it? It’s one of the many TV shows I watched while growing up; I really loved the Halloween specials. It’s full of good writing and anytime somebody says “Remember in The Simpsons when…”, it begins a face-off about who can recall the funniest moment in show.
I admit that I don’t watch it anymore; mainly because I’ve been so busy with personal stuff and that I enjoy older episodes more than the newer episodes.
It’s hard to explain why it’s so funny. The show even makes fun of its own broadcasting company, Fox. Even though it is a family show, they have used words such as “bitch”, “damn” and “hell”. Keep in mind, those words are used in a humorous manner and not used to put anyone down.
YOU LIKE COLDPLAY, DON’T YOU?!
I’m not trying to convince anyone to watch The Simpsons; from my personal experience, I haven’t been successful on getting someone hooked on a show that I happen to like.
Really, I’m just asking: Is there something about The Simpsons that puts women off? I’m sorry if that sounds sexist. I know if I tell people that I don’t watch Friends, I’ll get the evil eye.
It’s hard for me to explain why I love The Simpsons, older episodes in particular. Homer reminds me of how lazy I can be sometimes and how valuable simplicity really is.
In summary, I don’t think The Simpsons appeals to a specific gender. It just shocks me that I’ve heard more than one woman say they’ve had a boyfriend who loved The Simpsons and it drove them mad. Maybe I should end this post with this: Don’t judge someone based solely on a show they watch.