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Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons Takes a Stand for Scottish Independence

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It’s common for celebrities to publicly back political candidates or openly support causes they care about, but no one ever asks fictional cartoon characters what they think, and as it turns out, they might just have a lot to say — The latest pop culture icon to release a statement urging his countrymen to vote a certain way is none other than the (highly) animated Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons.

The proud Scotsman has officially weighed in on the upcoming vote that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom.

“Now, both sides of this argument have valid points,” Willie amicably admits at the beginning of the video (below, after the jump), but his true opinions become clear when he goes on to describe those opposing sides as “the freedom-loving heirs of the highland tradition, and those who enjoy crawling like worms under British boots.”

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Google Glass Almost Looks Normal Now

We figured Google had to have plans to make Glass a little more palatable.

When The Simpsons makes you look bad you know it’s time to move, because someone wrote Sunday’s jokes months ago and they still felt fresh (especially after the terribly racist “Comic Book Guy Gets a Japanese Girlfriend” episode).

Here’s CNN‘s take on the newer, friendlier Glass:

Today the upgrade scored a New York Times writeup thanks to its new prescription partnership with insurer VSP and a designer interview in WWD (subscription req’d), but most bloggers just used the occasion to come up with new ways to make fun of the product.

Given that this is Google, we feel like one day Glass will become so well-integrated with our eyewear that it won’t be noticeable—and then we will feel stupid.

For now, we’ll just point and laugh.

Angry Moms Give Kraft Some Free Publicity

When not exaggerating its own membership, claiming responsibility for the cancellation of The New Normal (it was a bad show, guys), or failing to recognize Twitter‘s 140-character limit, the non-profit outrage organization One Million Moms searches pop culture high and low for the latest and greatest threats to its members’ conservative Christian sensibilities.

In the past, these easily offended mother hens wagged their fingers at everyone from the Boy Scouts to The Cleveland Show and Dancing with the Stars. While we share the group’s distaste for any show featuring Tucker Carlson AND Kate Gosselin, we have to laugh about their latest pet cause—condemning this “disgusting” ad for Kraft salad dressing. Shame on those heathens, et cetera et cetera.

One question: do they not realize that they just gave this brand free publicity?

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Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney

Today in Yes, It’s Still Election Day News: we bring you another attempt to add some levity to the political process. While director Joss Whedon endorses Obama because “a vote for Romney is a vote for the zombie apocalypse”, Springfield’s most famous villainous rich guy, Montgomery Burns, sits firmly in the Mitt camp.

Like all things related to The Simpsons, this video isn’t quite as funny as it would have been in, say, 1996. Why? Well, the spot’s writers make their political sensibilities quite obvious throughout, and most of the jokes revolve around the election season’s big, worn-out memes. Enough with the Seamus story already! Still, we respect even half-hearted attempts to bring humor into the joyless world of politics.

Speaking of which, we haven’t seen many genuinely funny anti-Obama spots this year. Anybody?

The Simpsons and Banksy Take on Outsourcing

The Simpsons is getting some extra press for the second week in a row. Last week the buzz was around Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s cameo on the show. This week, it’s an intro by British street artists Banksy that takes on outsourcing.

Supposedly Banksy was inspired by reports that much of the animation for The Simpson’s is outsourced to South Korea.

“This is what you get when you outsource,” The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean joked to BBC News.

Hey Bart, Move Over: More Zuckerberg PR

Facebook‘s face has graced The Simpsons. That’s right, Mark Zuckerberg turned up on the show “and Zuckerberg comes across as geeky-with-a-good-sense-of-humor,” examiner.com tells us.

The article asks if his appearance isn’t just more “damage control from Facebook’s CEO following the release of David Fincher’s The Social Network.”

It flags his “uncharacteristically frequent public appearances”–Oprah and a large donation to Newark schools–but does give him a bit of the benefit of the doubt by also pointing out that given how long it takes to get an episode to air, “it may be a case of coincidental timing more than anything else.”