Mr. Burns’ Blue-Haired Lawyer In The Simpsons Has A Donald Trump Connection – SlashFilm


Burns’ blue-haired lawyer has slowly become the most prominent lawyer on the show, although not necessarily on his own merits. Lionel Hutz’s character was retired after the classic era, for tragic real-life reasons: his voice actor, Phil Hartman (who also played Troy McClure) was murdered by his wife in 1998. Both characters’ absences have been deeply felt in latter-day “Simpsons,” as they’ve served as two of the show’s main showcases for critiquing authority. 

Troy McClure was the guy whose “educational” videos were always absurdly unhelpful and biased, and Hutz was the guy who proved that just because someone has a fancy law degree (or at least claims to have a fancy law degree) doesn’t mean they’re smart or reliable. And of course, who can forget that lovely moment when Hutz asks, “Can you imagine a world without lawyers?” and immediately imagines a harmonious utopia. 

But as the blue-haired Roy Cohn impersonation took center stage, the show’s main satirical aim towards lawyers took on a different shape. Rather than clumsy incompetence, this character operates with cold, ruthless efficiency. He’s the type of lawyer to shut down a kids’ lemonade stand on a technicality, or threaten Christmas carolers with a cease-and-desist order for copyright violations. It’s still a smart approach for depicting bad lawyers, but it’s not quite as fun as Hutz’s “aww shucks” demeanor. 

On the bright side, whenever the show needs an incompetent lawyer, they can always use poor ol’ Gil Gunderson (also voiced by Dan Castellaneta) instead. That’s what they did in season 13’s “The Frying Game,” to similarly bad results. It seems that whenever the Simpson family needs a lawyer, there will always be at least someone there to let them down in their hour of need. 

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