Nancy Cartwright, a devout $cientologist and voice of Bart Simpson, is using the voice of the pop culture icon in robocalls to promote upcoming $cientology events.
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Cartwright recorded the pitch (audio below) for a robocall to boost turn-out for a Scientology event at the organization’s Hollywood center. Though she takes care to identify herself by her real name and not her character, she uses the Bart voice at a few points in the recording.
â€œThis is not authorized by us,” said “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean. “‘The Simpsons’ does not, and never has, endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars.” (Okay, not Jean’s wittiest line ever).
The move is not only unauthorized, of course, but almost certainly violates Cartwright’s contract. Though Fox is remaining mum on the subject, and very much looking into the matter, the “Simpsons” characters are owned by Fox. Sure, Scientology is a non-profit group (ahem), but it doesn’t matter.