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    Updated on May 1, 2019. Posted on May 1, 2019

    The Simpsons Eviscerated Upstate New York And Now Everyone Is Losing Minds


    The Simpsons took a road trip to Niagara Falls in a new episode on Sunday and completely eviscerated upstate New York with a "New York, New York" parody.


    Homer starts off the episode saying: "We're headed to the one place that can never decline because it was never that great: Upstate New York."


    Then shit starts crumbling around them and he breaks into song.


    *To the tune of "New York, New York*

    "Start watchin' Fox News/ Stop watchin' your weight."


    "There is no fancy part of it — upstate New York."


    "They're fond of their booze/ Hot wing sauce is great."


    "I'm gonna clog my heart in it.... upstate New Yooork."


    The specificity, the accuracy, and as someone born and raised in Upstate New York... they pretty much nailed it.


    It goes on: "The Kodak plant closed but I'm alongin' to stay/And go on disability in upstate New York."


    They show Utica. UTICA!


    They went SUPER micro bringing up literally my town, Niskayuna. NISKAYUNA. Like this is real water tower there.

    Watch the full thing here:

    D'oh! The Simpsons skewers Upstate New York.

    But then everyone lost their damn minds.


    The New York state Republican party issued a memo.

    This is probably the first time The Simpsons has been referenced by the New York State Republican Committee

    "Last night's episode of 'The Simpsons' delivered a scorching assessment of upstate New York's decline, population drain, and job losses."


    Syracuse invited Simpsons writers to the New York State fair.

    My town, Niskayuna, issued a statement that I personally, as someone from Niskayuna, think...never should have issued.


    Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed said: "Homer believes there’s no 'fancy part of it,' but during their all too brief pass through Niskayuna they likely missed our splendid open spaces like Blatnick and River Road Park, the scenic Mohawk Hudson bike trail, our gorgeous and safe neighborhoods, our burgeoning retail centers like the Niskayuna Co-op, Shop Rite Square and Mohawk Commons, and our award winning school district, where Bart, Lisa and eventually little Maggie would receive a superior education to anything offered in Springfield."

    Then an aide to the governor issued a statement.

    It went even further, the literal governor got involved saying he has NEVER seen the show.

    Question to Andrew Cuomo: Do you ever watch The Simpsons? Cuomo: No. Nope. Sorry. No disrespect to The Simpsons, but no.


    Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Then the writers of "The Simpsons" sent the governor season four of the show with a note that said: "You might just enjoy an episode or two when the demands of Albany prove too unyielding."

    .@TheSimpsons @NYGovCuomo has never seen our show. It must be unavailable in Albany so rushing him this ASAP.

    And that's where we're at right now.


    Most people from upstate New York are in on the joke.

    The only lie that's really there is that everyone knows Buffalo is NOT considered upstate New York.


    Because if you really want to start an argument with someone from Upstate all you have to do is argue about the boundaries of it.

    Just never, EVER, call Westchester "upstate."


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