Okay, point of clarification: The Simpsons don’t actually live in the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday, the world learned that Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie’s hometown was named after Springfield, Oregon. But Simpsons creator Matt Groening never claimed that the series really takes place in the Beaver State. As everyone knows, Springfield is located in a state that borders Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky — that is, one that’s fictional.
But don’t tell that to Homer Simpson. Since Groening’s revelation spread across the internet, the yellow-bellied kwyjibo has been tweeting up a storm about his city’s supposed locale. Shortly after the Springfield story broke, the Simpson patriarch’s official account reacted to the news: “Springfield’s in Oregon, I am the walrus, and Maggie killed J.F.K. Now you know,” he declared. (People have simply got to stop giving that baby guns.) Later tweets celebrate Oregon as “California’s toupée,” employ pun-tacular dad humor, and express misgivings about Groening’s home state. Evidently, Homey isn’t totally sure how to take this tidbit of information.
And he’s not the only one who feels conflicted. For a record-breaking 23 seasons, the mystery of Springfield’s exact location has been one of The Simpsons‘ most enduring running gags. Even though we know the town can’t really exist, speculating about where it might be is a favorite fan pastime — it’s up there with ranking the series’ best episodes and debating when, exactly, its “golden age” ended. Revealing which Springfield inspired Homer’s Springfield doesn’t solve the riddle, but it does take some of the fun out of guessing.
So tell me, PopWatchers: Are you glad that Groening took steps toward answering The Simpsons’ biggest secret? Or do you wish he had kept this news under wraps — at least until the show’s finale?
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