The video features various landmarks, including depictions of downtown Utica, showing the population declining. The Oriskany Fire Department also made a cameo within the building.
Homer in the video is also seen graduating from Mohawk Valley Community College. He says in the video, "par from the course." We spoke to MVCC President Randall VanWagoner about the cartoon, he said that he saw it for what it was.
"You know its 'The Simpsons' and I think that's where it starts and ends for the most part. I myself was born and raised in the Flint, Michigan area so that kind of humor is not lost on me. I've always used it to rather than try and unpack it and make more if than it needs to be. I just use it to keep working towards positive change," said VanWagoner.
The New York State Fair also responding to the episode by offering the writing team free admission to this year's New York State Fair. They even said they would throw in a basket of Upstate New York Food as well.
Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri also weighed in on The Simpson’s episode Monday evening. He says the show's representation of Utica was a little 'off the mark.'
"Our population is increasing, not decreasing. So that was wrong. And the other one was that our downtown, where they said it was still closed, our downtown as the people know, we're open for business. At the end of the day, I'm proud of Upstate New York. I think we're working extremely hard. I can't talk on behalf of Buffalo or anybody else, but I will talk on behalf of Utica, New York. We are an upcoming city, a very great city, and I'm very proud of it."
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