We have to be honest: we haven’t watched new episodes of The Simpsons since it started going sharply downhill during our high school days. We still, however, have a permanently abiding fondness for those wacky yellow guys and we’ve very much enjoyed many of their running jokes, none more than the show’s continuing evasiveness on the point of which state houses Springfield. Given all this, we were very pleased to read that, as a promo for the upcoming The Simpsons Movie, the producers are sponsoring a contest among America’s Springfields to host the movie’s premiere. Here’s how it works: the cities have submitted videos explaining why they’re the real Springfield. Viewers can then vote for the winner from now until July 10.
Obviously, we are not unbiased, but we think that Massachusetts’ video is clearly the best. We love the Kent Brockman joke and we’re pleased to report that no other city managed to book a sitting Senator. In our video, Senator Kennedy remarks that if the premiere is in Springfield, the Simpsons will finally be able to “enjoy some real chow-dah.” SenKen is, of course, referring to the episode where Freddy Quimby, the Boston-accented corrupt mayor’s nephew mocks a waiter who pronounces the clam stew as “show-dare”. What, you say? You’ve never seen it? Here it is in its full awesome glory. Watch and then go vote for Massachusetts!