Someone on a music-biz listserv posted an item about Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson on the long-running (too long, methinks) Fox cartoon. Apparently, Cartwright is an avowed enemy of Intergalactic Overlord Xenu, which is to say she’s a Scientologist.
Nothing wrong with that, right? After all, adult-oriented animation has a history of employing Scientologist talent (see the late Issac Hayes on “South Park”). Well, Cartwright may have gotten herself in hot water with “Simpsons” producers for recording a Scientology robocall to advertise an upcoming cult event. The Live Feed has the deets:
Though [Cartwright] takes care to identify herself by her real name and not her character, she uses the Bart voice at a few points in the recording.
“This is not authorized by us,” said “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean. “‘The Simpsons’ does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars.” (Okay, it’s not Jean’s wittiest line).
The move is not only unauthorized, of course, but almost certainly violates Cartwright’s contract. Though Fox is remaining mum on the subject, and their legal department is very much looking into the matter, the “Simpsons” characters are owned by Fox. Sure, Scientology is a non-profit group (ahem), but it doesn’t matter (a Fox vs. the Church of Scientology lawsuit over the misuse of Bart Simpson? Oh-please, oh-please, oh-please. . .).
Offending audio below: