A cartoonist and illustrator who penned the very first part of “The Simpsons” says she never got the possibility to work on the hit show again since she was a woman.
Mimi Pond helped make story in 1989 when she wrote “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the first part of the FOX series that would go on to turn the longest-running American sitcom.
But her time as a author was short-lived, she says, since show curtain Sam Simon wanted his essay staff to be a boys’ bar following his new divorce.
“I was never invited to be on staff, and we never knew since for the longest time,” Pond told Jezebel. “No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything. And it wasn’t until years after that we found out that Sam Simon, who was the show runner, didn’t wish any women around since he was going by a divorce. It had remained a boys’ bar for a good prolonged time.”
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Simon died of cancer in 2015, but for Pond, the prick of rejecting still lives.
“I feel like we was just as competent as anyone else who came along and got hired on the show, and it was just since we was a lady that we was not allowed entrance into that club,” she said. “I always breeze up being the turd in the punchbowl since the show is so beloved and everything, and I’m contemptible to detonate froth but…it wasn’t a pleasing knowledge for me.”
After Pond left, a lady didn’t join the essay staff for another 6 years (Jennifer Crittenden infiltrated the “boys’ club” in 1994, and stayed on for 3 years).
In the 28-year story of “The Simpsons,” the show has hired 133 writers, according to the Internet Movie Database. Of those 133, just 13 were women.
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Representatives for “The Simpsons” declined to criticism — but the cartoon isn’t alone in its issues with diversity.
Earlier this month, the rebooted “X-Files” combined 3 womanlike writers to its staff after critics — including star Gillian Anderson — bloody the show for its all-male essay staff.
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