February 14, 2010

2010 Olympics in The Simpsons

Sunday's episode of The Simpsons (airdate: 2/14/10), titled Boy Meets Curl, had a Winter Olympics theme. Here's the story:After discovering their love of curling Marge and Homer try out for the Olympic team and actually make it to the 2010 Vancouver Games. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Lisa develops an addiction to collecting Olympic pins.The episode had a few Native bits:

  • One of the Olympics pins we see close up is a disc of Pacific Northwest-style art--perhaps a moon symbol.

  • The Simpsons encounter the medicine woman from The Simpsons Movie. She and Homer engage in some impromptu throat-singing that sends them into an altered state of consciousness. He thanks her for her help; she demands that he pay her bill.

  • Bart and Lisa discuss her pin addiction in front of a totem pole.

  • For more on the subject, see Inuit Throat Songs as Ringtones and Native Participation in 2010 Olympics.

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