“Where money acquires a patina of virtue”: The Simpsons takes on Yale

This segment of a recent “The Simpsons” video was posted only a month ago, and has racked up over 1.1 million views. The writers have clearly kept their eye on what’s happening at Yale—and other colleges.


  1. ploubere
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Like most brilliant humor, that was deeply offensive to my cultural heritage. I’m going to hide under my safe blanket now.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    OT, but the results from France are in: Macron wins. Vive La France!

    • Posted May 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank Ceiling Cat! (see next post). At least the predictions were right this time.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink



    • Harrison
      Posted May 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Paul Krugman echoes my own pessimism over France. It’s very good to keep crazies out of power in the short run, but the problem isn’t going away so long as the EU refuses to reform itself.

      • BJ
        Posted May 8, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

        I agree about the EU and its problems, but Macron’s huge win is very special to me because the French basically looked at the existing political parties they had and said, “you know what? None of them are doing anything I actually want. Let’s try something new!” I think that’s amazing and hope it eventually happens in the US (though I know that’s a much more difficult proposition).

        • Posted May 8, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

          It did happen in the last US Presidential election–and look what we got!

  3. Heather Hastie
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha! Brilliant. 😀

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    The Simpsons bit was spot on … until they let old man Burns walk away without writing a check. The school motto is “the Endowment über alles!”

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    That was the dog’s bollocks! To complete the circle, the head missile at the end should have been Yorick

    The history of Elihu Yale is worth a read – I had no idea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elihu_Yale

  6. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Frickin’ brilliant!

    ‘Yale – the Harvard of Connecticut’

    That must’ve stung.


  7. reasonshark
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    While The Simpsons as a whole has gone to pot, this particular sketch hits the right spot. Two best parts were the “you’re worse than Hitler” segment (both the lead-in to it and Burns’ cavalier response to it) and Homer’s “offensive” robot impersonation.

    • BJ
      Posted May 8, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Exactly. I haven’t watched the Simpsons in years because its become so bad, but when I saw this clip making the rounds a couple weeks ago I thought it was a sort of return to that biting, satirical brilliance the show used to possess.

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