Sunday, April 29, 2007

Homer Helps Hypochondriacs

I knew I loved The Simpsons for more than just their edgy humor. Researchers are now saying that the show is playing a role in the destigmatization of mental illness. The article explains that through humor, like Homer's attempt to cure his depression with a "homemade Prozac," the show acknowledges mental illness as a part of everyday life, rather than pretend it doesn't exist.

“Beer: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.”
- Homer Simpson


Sean said...

Man, Homer is retarded! That's why we all love him so. I remember when he bought up all the sugar and had it in a mound on his front lawn. Ridiculous shit! Ooh, and how about the time when Apu became a US citizen and the first thing he asked the immigration official was "Now which way to the welfare office?"

Barbora said...

Tasty Prozac...Yumm.

Anonymous said...

My favourite line is Homer to the doctor "Remember your hippopotomus oath"