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The dark world of Krusty, the Jewish clown from the “Simpsons”

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Ask “Simpsons” fans to name the most sinister of all of the show’s illustrious characters: chances are they’ll answer Mr. Burns, Homer Simpson’s boss. However, there is another that we believe should take the crown. His name is Krusty, he’s a clown, and he’s sadness personified. In a way, he embodies the double negative of Homer.

What ? Did you ever notice the physical similarity between Krusty and Homer? Yet it is striking for a simple reason: the creator of the “Simpsons”, Matt Groening, had indeed found amusing the idea that Bart finds his father useless when he was consumed with admiration for a TV clown who looks like him in any point.

Krusty, Homer look-alike, then. But he’s as depressed, lonely, and self-destructive as Papa Simpson, despite his host of flaws (stupid, gluttonous, lazy, inconstant…), is a jolly fellow and good citizen of the good town of Springfield. If Homer makes people laugh, it’s often at his expense, while Krusty has a screw comica extraordinary – he even likes Lisa Simpson, the nerd of the family.

Homer is a Mr. Everyman (by the way, “Simpson” is the common surname par excellence across the Atlantic

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