If you are like me, you grew up watching the Simpsons. If you are also like me, you are surprised that the show is somehow still running and pulls in the ratings to keep going. The Simpsons realistically has not been funny or edgy for nearly 10 years. Maybe I'm just saying that is when I grew out of it, but I feel like a lot of people in their 20's really have no time for the Simpsons anymore in a television landscape that includes shows like South Park that went to different levels of comedy a long time ago and left the Simpsons in the dust.
Regardless, the Simpsons helped kick off their 21st season by wedging a MMA-themed episode in for their third episode, and the focus was sorely lacking. Jokes about the casual MMA fan vs. the hardcore MMA fan happen early on, where the neighborhood bullies have "KILL" written across their chests and a nerd with a "S" on his steps in front to spell SKILL only to be beaten. Then mention that it is like pankration, only Rome was falling and we are in our glory years, obviously insinuating that MMA is part of the downfall of our culture. But then the focus shifts to insulting the soccer mom who protests everything. The Simpsons, as always, can't keep their jokes straight. Dana White didn't find it funny, either.
It's not that White thinks MMA should be immune from cartoon parody. He calls himself a Simpsons fan and says he found a few moments funny.