Mayor Quimby

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The Simpsons character
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Joe Quimby
Gender Male
Job Mayor of Springfield[1][2]
Relatives Wife: Martha
Nephew: Freddie
Children: Numerous illegitimate
Voice actor Dan Castellaneta
First appearance
The Simpsons "Bart Gets an F"

Mayor Joseph "Joe" Quimby, nicknamed "Diamond Joe," is a recurring character from the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, and first appeared in the episode "Bart Gets an F". A member of the Democratic Party,[3][4] Quimby is the mayor of Springfield, and is a composite parody of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and certain other members of the Kennedy family who have entered politics.

Concept and creation[edit]

Joe Quimby is a parody of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy Family,[5] as well as of corrupt politics in general.[6] Like the Kennedys, Quimby "speaks with a Boston accent, throws money at political problems, and vacations in a coastal resort called the 'Quimby Compound.'"[5] Castellaneta voices Quimby with New York and Boston Irish accents, resulting in a voice reminiscent of that of President John F. Kennedy.[7]

Appearances[edit]

Quimby's full name is Joseph Fitzgerald O'Malley Fitzpatrick O'Donnell The Edge "Joe" Quimby[8] and he has long served as the mayor of the city of Springfield. He appears as a slick, opportunistic politician whose chief priorities seem to be keeping himself in office and various other forms of corruption, including embezzling tax money, taking bribes from Fat Tony, and giving monthly kickbacks to Police Chief Wiggum.[9] The seal on the wall of his office reads "Corruptus in Extremis",[10] which means "extremely corrupt".

Like Kennedy, Quimby is known as a womanizer,[6] and occasionally amuses himself with pornographic playing cards during town meetings. Quimby was once the subject of 27 separate paternity suits. One of the women he impregnated is Cookie Kwan, whose baby is remarkably similar to Quimby in both looks and mannerisms.[11] Quimby also is frequently noticed in bed with the same or similar blonde woman/women, at least one of whom was Miss Springfield.[12]

Despite being mayor for such a long time, Quimby does not know or care much about his city, often privately (or even publicly) showing his outright contempt for Springfield's citizens.[13] He frequently takes overseas vacations, which take him out of town for extended periods of time, leading to the headline "Mayor Visits City" in the Springfield Shopper. He once referred to Springfield as Springfeld at a public meeting. However, he makes frequent, albeit short, public appearances for local festivities, events, business openings, etc.

If bending the law will suit Quimby's purposes, he will likely do so. He once arranged Marge Simpson's release after she was arrested for blocking traffic on a bridge after suffering a nervous breakdown, claiming that if she went to jail, Quimby could kiss the "chick vote" goodbye.[14] He also resorted to bribing witnesses when assault charges were brought against his nephew, leading Bart Simpson to observe that "the system works: just ask Claus von Bülow".[15]

His catchphrase is "Vote Quimby", which he always finds an opportunity to say, even in situations where it would be disadvantageous to identify himself, like inadvertently being caught by Homer in a motel room with his mistress.

Quimby was elected Mayor of Springfield in 1986 and has been re-elected several times since, despite openly admitting to fraud and wrongdoing. He admits to using taxpayer dollars to fund the murder of his enemies, but thanks to a clever use of a popular Gabbo catchphrase ("I'm a bad wittle boy"), he is re-elected in a landslide.[16]

Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Quimby.

Quimby's political stranglehold on Springfield has earned him the hatred of Springfield's small but vocal Republican elite, themselves portrayed as mostly dark, ghoulish figures who meet in a castle. When the Republicans nominate Sideshow Bob as its mayoral candidate, Bob rigs the election, briefly deposing Quimby. He is re-instated when Bob is found guilty of fraud and imprisoned.[17] Later, Quimby briefly flees the city thinking his corruption has been exposed and is deemed to have "abandoned office" and is replaced by a short-lived "council of learned citizens" headed by Lisa Simpson, Professor Frink, Comic Book Guy, Lindsey Naegle, Dr. Hibbert, and Principal Skinner.[18] He also survives a recall election, with no candidate in the race against him (candidates include Rainier Wolfcastle (a Schwarzenegger reference), Kent Brockman, and even Homer Simpson) garnering the five percent necessary to force a recall.[12]

On May 17, 2013, following reporting on a new scandal, Justin Peters, crime reporter for Slate magazine compared gaffe-plagued mayor of Toronto Rob Ford to Quimby.[13] Peters prepared a list of 20 outrageous statements, and asked readers to guess which ones were uttered by the fictional Quimby, and which were uttered by the real life Ford.

Reception[edit]

During the USA Today.com contest to choose which Springfield would host the release of The Simpsons Movie, Ted Kennedy himself appears in a video in which he invited "Diamond Joe" Quimby and the film to premiere in Springfield, Massachusetts, and even mocked his own oft-mocked pronunciation of the word "Chowder" (as "Chow-Dah"); however, Springfield, Vermont was chosen instead.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Simpsons, 1906, Little Orphan Millie
  2. ^ The Simpsons 1906, Screen, File:Savingsimpsons.jpg
  3. ^ "[2F02] Sideshow Bob Roberts". The Simpsons Archive. 1995-12-12. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ "The Simpsons Archive: The Quimby File". The Simpsons Archive. 2006-02-19. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ a b c John Robbie Brown (July 2, 2007). "Kennedy backs city's 'Simpsons Movie' campaign - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Kennedy joins battle to find Simpsons' Springfield". Guardian.co.uk. 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  7. ^ Groening, Matt (2005). Commentary for the episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts", in The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season [DVD]. Twentieth Century Fox.
  8. ^ Curran, Kevin; Kramer, Lance (2008-09-28). "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes". The Simpsons. Season 20. Fox.
  9. ^ Reardon, Jim; Swartzwelder, John (1994-01-06). "Homer the Vigilante". The Simpsons. Season 5. Fox.
  10. ^ Bill Oakley; Josh Weinstein; Reardon, Jim (1993-05-06). "Marge in Chains". The Simpsons. Season 4. Fox.
  11. ^ Nastuk, Matthew; Long, Tim (2004-12-05). "She Used to Be My Girl". The Simpsons. Season 16. Fox.
  12. ^ a b Kruse, Nancy; Gillis, Stephanie (2005-11-20). "See Homer Run". The Simpsons. Season 17. Fox.
  13. ^ a b Justin Peters (2013-05-17). "Who Said It: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford or Simpsons Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby?". Slate magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. "In fact, the public servant Ford most closely resembles is the fictional mayor from The Simpsons, Diamond Joe Quimby. Both men are heavyset. Both are often at odds with constituents, colleagues, and the press. And both are prone to saying outrageous things in public." 
  14. ^ Kirkland, Mark; Stern, David M. (1992-02-06). "Homer Alone". The Simpsons. Season 3. Fox.
  15. ^ Lynch, Jeffrey; Swartzwelder, John (1994-05-05). "The Boy Who Knew Too Much". The Simpsons. Season 5. Fox.
  16. ^ Silverman, David; Swartzwelder, John (1993-05-13). "Krusty Gets Kancelled". The Simpsons. Season 4. Fox.
  17. ^ Kirkland, Mark; Oakley, Bill; Weinstein, Josh (1994-10-09). "Sideshow Bob Roberts". The Simpsons. Season 6. Fox.
  18. ^ Michels, Pete; Selman, Matt (1999-05-09). "They Saved Lisa's Brain". The Simpsons. Season 10. Fox.

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