EA's Simpsons game triggers gun fans' ire

They're up in arms over 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out,' which has snarky comments about the NRA squirreled away in it.

By Aimee Picchi Jun 19, 2013 12:14PM

Screenshot from EA's Electronic Arts (EA) is finding out that making fun of the National Rifle Association is a surefire way to get the organization's supporters up in arms. 

EA's iPad and iPhone game "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" is based on the long-running Fox animated show, and it asks players to rebuild Springfield after Homer accidentally ruins the town by causing a meltdown at the power plant. 

While that's all standard fare, one of the game's top levels includes snarky commentary about the NRA that's prompting some gun-rights supporters to fire off angry complaints. 

EA apparently never thought people would play the game long enough to get to level 30, the Daily Mail reports. 

Level 30 includes one exchange in which Bart Simpson asks his friend Milhouse if he wants to visit the town's new gun shop, according to dialogue recorded by SimpsonsWiki.net.

"Of course!" Milhouse responds. "After all, the NRA says it's the safest place for kids."

Bart then replies, "They also say us kids should sleep under a blanket made of loaded guns. You know -- for safety."

"I eat my cereal every morning with a gun instead of a spoon. Because more guns everywhere means safer kids. Thanks, NRA!" Milhouse responds. 

At another point, Chief Wiggums asks whether he needs a background check to buy an AK-49, and a store clerk responds, "Of course not. That would infringe on your constitutional right to never be inconvenienced -- even in the tiniest, most reasonable way -- when guns are involved."

"The Simpsons," which airs on a News Corp. (NWS) network, is known for taking on some of America's hottest issues, from same-sex marriage to Gitmo. 

Gun blog The Truth About Guns complained that the game reflects that the "media's assault on gun owners, painting them as uncaring, heartless psychopaths who just want to kill people, continues apace." 

Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi. 

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Jun 19, 2013 12:41PM
You should not eat your breakfast with a gun.  Everybody knows milk is not good for gun's trigger action, and corn flakes can clog the barrel.
Jun 19, 2013 1:55PM
Games have the right to say what they will. Its not like the game is pretending to represent real life. Its creators have the right to free expression. If you don't like the message don't play the game. 
Jun 19, 2013 2:54PM

one of my favorite simpons quotes;


"5 day waiting period?!? But I'm angry now!" - Homer

Jun 19, 2013 2:03PM
None of the game quotes should be offensive to anybody. First of all they never said anything "anti 2nd amendment", second they are poking fun at a lobbyist group not gun owners as a whole. Finally IT IS A GAME, no one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to spend dozens of hours to reach that point where these comments occur.
Jun 19, 2013 1:45PM
Video games are part of the problem with violence in America. They want to shine the spotlight of guilt on anyone else. Why is this a surprise. If your child looks like an albino because they never go outside and play..... if they set on their azz and play video games all day. You and your child the real problem.
Jul 16, 2013 6:01PM
I don't get why gun nuts are pissy. Nothing they said jokingly wasn't already something the NRA said seriously. They make fun of Indians, fat people, and the education system but of course, the gun nuts ignore that. Only when someone makes light of things the NRA has actually said do these people get their panties in a wad.
Jun 19, 2013 5:07PM
I'd tell the NRA to get a sense of humor-- but they'd just shoot it.
Jun 19, 2013 1:25PM
Jun 19, 2013 9:09PM
Jun 19, 2013 3:56PM
Anyone who makes fun of the gun lobby and the gun nuts is OK in my book.
Jun 19, 2013 2:04PM

The Muslim fundamentalist psychology all too often accurately describes the American gun nut / NRA parishoner.


Don't be surprised if one of ours, in the name of the Second Amendment Commandment, does to someone at EA what one of theirs did to filmmaker Theo van Gogh.


"Psychopathic minds think alike."

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