It’s true! In 1998 Time Magazine named Bart Simpson one of the most important people of the 20th century, and he was the only fictional character on the list.
Even more interesting is the fact that this is not the only award that Bart Simpson has won! He was also ranked #48 in TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time” in 1996. Both he and Lisa Simpson ranked #11 in TV Guide’s “Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time” in 2002.
Bad Influence, Bart Simpson
Many parents were concerned that Bart would become a role model to their children, because he was often rebellious and there seemed to be no consequences for his bad behavior. These parents, teachers and other adults were worried that their children would start to emulate Bart’s behavior. In response to these criticisms, producer James L. Brooks said, “I’m very wary of television where everybody is supposed to be a role model, you don’t run across that many role models in real life. Why should television be full of them?”
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