In a short web episode, The Simpson’s character Moe has announced that The Simspon’s viewers have raised US$ 25 000 (€ 21 500) to help with Puerto Rico’s recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Springfield’s favourite bartender also fired an indirect hint at US President Donald Trump.
In a reference to Trump’s visit to the island, when he tossed paper towels at hurricane victims, Moe said he knows how it feels when “when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you”.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has responded to the address on Twitter, thanking the show for the support.
Thank you Moe for understanding how we feel. We have very little power but having
TheSimpsons</a> in our corner fills our hearts with light.</p>— Carmen Yulín Cruz (CarmenYulinCruz) November 4, 2017
In the past, Cruz criticized the Trump administration over its hurricane recovery efforts.
“We have no time for patience anymore. So I’m asking the President of the United States to make sure somebody is in charge, that is up to the task of saving lives,” she told reporters.
The mayor’s appeal sparked an intense pouring of angry tweets from the US President.
The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
…Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
The Simpson’s first urged aid for Puerto Rico during its 29th season premiere. The episode ended with a still frame of the Simpson’s family holding the Puerto Rican flag.
TheSimpsons</a> thank you for keeping Puerto Rico in your hearts. Big Fan. Love that you always say what you mean no matter the consequences <a href="https://t.co/D07PYvnLI8">pic.twitter.com/D07PYvnLI8</a></p>— Carmen Yulín Cruz (CarmenYulinCruz) October 24, 2017