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Did 'The Simpsons' Really Give The Best Hollywood Representation Of Modern Ireland?

Did 'The Simpsons' Really Give The Best Hollywood Representation Of Modern Ireland?
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Another day, another cringey American film that Irish people will be turning their noses up at.

After the Wild Mountain Thyme debacle last year, the news of Hallmark's As Luck Would Have It was hardly going to go down too well.

The movie, which was released in the United States last night, tells the story of an American woman who comes to Ireland to buy land for a resort, and ends up partaking in a matchmaking festival.

It is everything you expect it to be, hurling and Cliffs of Moher included.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAabFW3efoI

Most of the issues Irish people have with American movies based in this country is the accents of the actors involved. Wild Mountain Thyme is a classic example, with Jamie Dornan having perhaps the worst 'Oirish' accent in history despite the fact that he is actually Irish. Begorrah.

To be fair to the Hallmark release, that doesn't seem to be an issue. The Irish and American actors involved have stuck to their natural accents.

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However, it still does beat home the other main stereotype surrounding Ireland in Hollywood movies.

According to American releases, everyone lives in rural areas in the 1950s. You won't see any cities or even towns mentioned. In fact, you will be lucky if you get electricity and running water despite the fact that they are very much set in the 21st century in most cases.

There have been very few portrayals of modern Ireland in popular American media. In fact it has been so bad that The Simpsons, a show renowned for being an absolute piss take, probably provided a more accurate look at the country in the present day than most.

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Our favourite yellow family (at least for around nine seasons of the show) made their way to Ireland back in 2009, with 'In the Name of the Grandfather' premiering in this country on St Patrick's Day.

The episode essentially revolved around the family fulfilling Grandpa Simpson's dream of returning to Ireland, a place he had spent a few very happy drunken nights during WWII.

They expected to see a backward country upon their arrival, much like it was back then. Instead, they arrived at a bustling country full tech companies, chain stores, and coffee shops. Even the leprechauns have gone soft.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxi7SiZYPQM

They talk about the smoking ban in pubs and a declining local pub trade, with Homer and Abe buying the nearby watering hole and allowing people to puff away to their hearts content.  They even hinted that most of us don't even drink the black stuff anymore and that's probably where they crossed the line.

Let's not hide away from the fact this was a shite episode. Absolutely shocking in fact.

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But that makes this whole thing even worse. The fact that a cartoon that was ten years past it's sell-by date gave a more accurate look at Ireland than any other American production of recent times is really something.

At least we will always have Gerard Butler's Irish accent. "Ya dew know ya are in Eye-err-land doncha?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyHNmC1dq2c

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