Ahh the @TheSimpsons rrrrripping WNY #unfairportrayal #buffalo #rochester #notthatbad #springfieldsucks pic.twitter.com/bH0ws4v1HB
To review, Buffalo made the show via the Anchor Bar, New Era Field and a closing shot of downtown that looks really nice … until snow plops down and buries the city. The lampooning of upstate New York was a relatively small part of the episode, in which the Simpsons travel to Canada.
Tonights @TheSimpsons taking place in Upstate New York and Canada… Buffalo is getting some love and the usual jokes. pic.twitter.com/nDowe5ldDP
And now, a Buffalo News Watchdog Investigation: Fact-checking the Buffalo references on the Simpsons.
* The exterior of the Anchor Bar is quite accurately and handsomely depicted as Homer sings, “Theyre fond of their booze; Hot wing sauce is great … Im gonna clog my heart in it – upstate New York.”
— Homer waves a Buffalo Bills pennant in a mostly empty upper section of New Era Field. For most games, this is not accurate. The only way this would be an accurate representation is if it were a December game after halftime, and Homers fellow fan several rows up is not wearing gloves.
— The view of downtown, like the Anchor Bars exterior, appears to be accurate. City Hall looks so good you expect an animated group of architecture buffs to be riding by on a bus tour. Other buildings come off well in the downtown scene, including the Liberty Building.
The rest of upstate New York went through the ringer in the episode, including an ugly inclusion of an “opioid” drug in a mascot kickline.
The upstate mascot kickline also included Syracuse Universitys Otto the Orange, a leg-kicking Lotto ticket and the Lake Placid Olympics Roni the Racoon. Utica takes a big shot as its downtown features a population meter that is rapidly declining. The song closes with “Cant make it anywhere, but I can make it there, I love you so, upstate New York.”
The news of the episode was perhaps less-than-democratically chronicled by the hometown newspaper of the lampooned Kodak factory (which burned to the ground while people took selfies with digital cameras) with the headline, “The Simpsons sang a song about Upstate New York last night. It wasnt pretty.”
The comprehensive post was put together by Gannett Albany reporter Jon Campbell and included a statement from Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, who in a statement called the jokes a bunch of “dumb cheap shots.”
There were some social media sidebars in which some people were somehow taking offense for some reason over the fact that Buffalo is being considered part of upstate New York, when Buffalo is absolutely, unquestionably in … up … state … New … York. Fact-check: Look at a map.
Heres a sampling of other reaction via Twitter, including from Buffalo and other areas that are most definitely a part of upstate New York:
The Simpsons got Buffalo's City Hall right in their episode tonight. ♥️ (Also showed Homer at the Anchor Bar.)
My #Rochester #Buffalo #Utica #BillsMafia Family/Friends: Tonight's @Simpsons episode was tough for me to work on. Ask my coworkers!🤣 But if youve a thick skin/self-deprecating sense of humor, enjoy the opening musical number (30 sec) roasting #UpstateNY #WNY #ROC #BUF #GoBills pic.twitter.com/k2oASEJozs
The Simpsons was really good last night. Lisa goes to Buffalo and ends up going over the falls and is rescued in Canada, haha. They really had our number with that episode. @TheSimpsons Canada sucks tho 😂🇨🇦
The Simpsons still rulesThey go to Niagara Falls and Canada and poke at:Upstate New YorkBuffalo BillsOttawa SenatorsQuebec NordiquesDonald TrumpAlec BaldwinJustin Trudeau-SNC LavalinThe BeachcombersNewfiesand Bill Shatner being a jerk@marcfell @DrewMikePodcast
“The Simpsons” graced upstate New York with its own parody song during Sunday night’s episode, mocking the area’s economic and population “decline” with jokes that a senior adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed as “dumb cheap shots.”
Homer Simpson and family went on a road trip to Niagara Falls in the episode titled “D’oh Canada,” poking fun at each of the towns and cities they drove through, including Buffalo, Rochester, Niskayuna and Oriskany.
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"We're headed to the one place that can never decline because it was never that great: Upstate New York," Homer tells his family before breaking out in song to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
The song includes shots of Homer attending a Buffalo Bills game with nearly empty stands, passing by a declining population counter in Utica, and a closed down Kodak plant that implodes as a group of people stand outside taking selfies on cell phones.
"The Kodak plant closed; But I'm a-longin' to stay / And go on disability in upstate New York," Homer sings.
President Trump has previously commented on the region's struggles, telling reporters in February that while he loves upstate New Yorkers, “they’ve been treated very badly,” Rochester-area newspaper the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
"If New York isn’t gonna treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job," Trump said at the time.
Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Democratic Gov. Cuomo, responded to the episode’s harsh take on the area — tossing a couple of zingers of his own at the show.
"There always remains work to be done but — dumb cheap shots aside — facts are facts: jobs are up, unemployment is down, millennials are coming back and it's clear that Poochie was an uncredited writer on that episode," Azzopardi tweeted. "However, I still want a Fighting Hellfish tattoo."
Census data released in April shows that from 2010 to 2018 the population of 46 of the state’s 62 counties, most of which were in the upstate region, reported declines, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.