San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been showing appreciation for “The Simpsons” and their continuous efforts to help Puerto Rico. The popular television show and the people who work on it have used their major platform to bring more attention to the humanitarian crisis involving Americans who call the island home. After an episode that aired Oct. 1, a still image of all the residents of Springfield showing support for Puerto Rico aired for five seconds. The image was so widely spread that Cruz saw it, printed it out and thanked “The Simpsons” for supporting Puerto Rico in their time of need.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) October 24, 2017
One month after first putting their name behind relief efforts, “The Simpsons” has done it again.
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) November 4, 2017
In the above tweet, Springfield bartender Moe Szyslak directly addressed the American people about the importance of standing up for Puerto Rico. Szyslak even took a shot at President Trump and his highly-ridiculed paper towel photo op.
“I personally know how it feels when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you,” Syzslak says in the video. “In my case, it was flaming toilet paper but the principle is the same. It’s humiliating, even though it’s clearly a cry for help!”
Szyslak then announced that “The Simpsons” is donating $25,000 to the relief effort. It is mainly thanks to Barney Gumble, who finally paid his tab.
And, again, Mayor Cruz reached out to “The Simpsons” to express her gratitude.
Thank you Moe for understanding how we feel. We have very little power but having @TheSimpsons in our corner fills our hearts with light.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) November 4, 2017
❤️ 🇵🇷 ❤️ 🇵🇷
Fans of the animated show can’t get enough of this kind of humanitarian philanthropy.
— Morales Ivan (@MoralesIvan6_) November 4, 2017
It is pretty rad to see a global pop culture phenomenon step up to the plate to make something like this happen.
People definitely caught on to the dig Syzslak took at President Trump.
— Luis Vega Ramos (@luisvegaramos) November 4, 2017
Tbh, Trump does make it easy to criticize his response to Puerto Rico given his frequent golf outings.
— Drew Goodman 🍻 (@GroovyDrew) November 5, 2017
In fact, Trump was golfing the weekend after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. According to The Washington Post, the decision to take a long weekend golf outing just a week after the storm slammed the island negatively impacted recovery efforts.
But mostly, Puerto Ricans who are still suffering are just grateful for the much-needed help.
Thank you Moe and all The Simpsons! Puerto Rico loves you and we are grateful!
— Glory Angel (@Gloriangel15) November 5, 2017