A squat little man with dubious hair and a penchant for suggesting people place their mouths near his shorts has been robocalling on behalf of the Church of Scientology.
Yes, Bart Simpson. (Who on earth did you think I was talking about?)
The Village Voice reported that Nancy Cartwright, the lady who is Bart's tonsils, called many people to invite them to a Scientology event. And she used her Bart impression to make an impression.
The Voice quotes Cartwright's call: "'This is Bart Simpson' -- she quickly says she's just kidding and identifies herself. But she keeps talking in the voice of Bart as she announces 'I'm now auditing on New OTVII,' says that she will "share my many wins" as an "auditor" at a the Hollywood Scientology event, and assures us, "It's gonna be a blast, man! (Bart laugh)'"
(I believe that 'OTVII' and 'auditing' are technical terms of Scientology, rather than banking.)
One of the robocalls (Ms. Cartwright is, indeed, a Scientologist) seems to have fallen on the wrong ears and some might find the recording just faintly odd.
Who am I to say that L. Ron Hubbard, the Church's founder, is not the second coming of deity? Or of hucksterism? But I am not entirely sure that Bart Simpson would be fond of some of the Church's slightly outside-the-sandbox beliefs.
I have a feeling Bart would not warm to videos such as this Scientological YouTube Classic, in which Tom Cruise's eyes express far more than they did in Vanilla Sky.
Please could any of you suggest what Reverend Lovejoy might have said on receiving Ms. Cartwright's robocall? Would he have thought the event might be a 'blast'?