The depiction of Irish people on The Simpsons (perpetually drunk, leprechaun hats) is a reminder that the Irish are fair game for derision, not least by Irish people themselves. So it is with the Germans, French, Scots, and Italians: we are all fair game for ridicule in The Simpsons. But, speaking as an Irish person myself, there is always a slight unease that goes with it.
So it is that the news about The Simpsons visit to Ireland evokes these mixed feelings [by the way, "Failte Ireland" is Ireland's national tourist board - "Failte" means "welcome"]:
In news which will either be greeted with joy or horror by Fáilte Ireland, the pair also stop off at several Irish landmarks including the Giant’s Causeway, the Blarney Castle and, obviously, the Guinness Brewery.
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