Would Marge Simpson show her nips in Playboy? Why do they look so real?

Oh No They Didn’t has the scans from Marge Simpson’s big unveiling in Playboy Magazine, and there’s a kind of disturbing pictures of the cartoon mom posing in front of a fireplace in a sheer nightie while holding a plate full of donuts. Her boobs show through the fabric and they’re decidedly un-cartoon like. Those are some realistic-looking nipples! (You can see the pics here) The see-through negligee picture isn’t the only one in which we get a glimpse of Marge’s boobs. There’s another one where she’s putting on a dress and just shows sideboob. Are these photos controversial at all or are the Simpsons just trying to drum up controversy after 20 years on the air? Movieline has a good editorial asking why it’s kind of disturbing to see cartoon mom Marge with real-looking boobs:

It’s hard to believe now that it’s become such a beloved institution, but when The Simpsons premiered twenty years ago, it was regarded as the furthest thing from a family show. Since then, the reputation of the series has become considerably less controversial (it helps, of course, that The Simpsons is now followed by notably ruder shows like Family Guy), so when it was announced that Marge Simpson would be “posing” for Playboy, I didn’t expect anything scandalous. Maybe some sideboob, or a comic silhouette.

Then, the pictures leaked, and I saw her nipples.

In today’s sex-tape-saturated culture, I guess I shouldn’t be thrown by some gauzy cartoon nipples, but I am. That’s Marge Simpson, not some Ralph Bakshi character! Whether the series was originally intended to be or not, it’s now become one of the biggest family shows on TV. Isn’t there something a little queasy-making about seeing the mom from such a show sexualized and objectified to this degree?

Ultimately, though, the thing that bugs me the most about Marge going topless for Playboy is that it feels like the sort of stunt Family Guy would do. The Simpsons is just too good for that. (Or at least it was, ten seasons ago.)

[From Movieline]

This guy is right, and the reason why it bothers me a little is because it doesn’t really jibe with Marge’s personality. She has her sexy moments, but she’s too dowdy for this. I wouldn’t expect her boobs to look real either. She has eight fingers, it’s not like she should have photo realistic nipples.

The faux interview accompanying this spread in Playboy has some amusing quotes and only seems to emphasize why this semi-nude spread is out of character for Marge. They offer some silly explanation for it, but the rest of the interview just shows her for the martyred cartoon mom she is:

How does a nice girl from Springfield end up in Playboy?
A nice girl like me would never display her body if it weren’t to raise money for charity. That’s why I’m donating my hefty fee from this tasteful pictorial to SPHG – Saving and Preserving Historic Gazebos. Gazebos are disappearing, people, and they’re not coming back!…

What advice do you give your daughters about men?
I always tell my Lisa she should marry the man who loves her. It doesn’t matter if he’s losing his hair or is overweight or is at a bar every night… or if he forgets your birthday and anniversary… All that matters is that nothing means anything to him but you…

When did you first know Homer was the one?
Well, when the doctor said I was pregnant. I heard a voice saying “That’s the man you’re going to marry.” The was my mother’s.

Have you ever thought about dyeing your hair blonde? Do blondes have less fun?
I don’t know about blondes, but I just found a few grays in my blue. It’s as though there’s a civil war on top of my head.

As a stay-at-home mome, what do you pride yoruself on doing around the house?
Searching for your magazines and throwing them away. …

When you were Lisa’s age, what did you think your adult life would be like? How does the reality measure up to your early expectations?
When I was a little girl there were three men I wanted to marry: Elton John, Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. But for some reason it never worked out.

[From Playboy, print edition, November 2009]

Marge ends the interview by saying she’s “happy to be a MILK – Mom I’d Like to Know.” Oh Marge, we thought we knew you, that’s the problem. Those aren’t your real boobs, are they?

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23 Responses to “Would Marge Simpson show her nips in Playboy? Why do they look so real?”

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  1. lulu says:

    i find this creepy and i’m not sure why.

  2. Firestarter says:

    I actually bought the magazine yesterday. I haven’t cracked it open yet.

  3. princess pea says:

    This is upsetting to people? Weird. No really- this is a cartoon, a drawing of a fictional character. So her nipples look like nipples… I imagine we’d have a lot of rage if they didn’t. And her boobs aren’t stupid implant-like boobs. Marge looks nice, to be honest (I especially like the “side boob” one). Maybe I’m an anomaly, because I like boudoir photography for normal women (as opposed to playboy bunnies).

    Oops, I meant to say: OMG NUDITY GROSS !!!1!! 1!!

  4. crash2GO2 says:


  5. Stephie189 says:

    Why would Marge Simpson be in Playboy anyway? Not surprised tho.

  6. Firestarter says:

    I’d rather see Marge on the cover and inside than some of the other dried up beef jerkey they have had in recent issues.

  7. Shelly Shellz says:

    I love this! I think it’s great. people really need to lighten up, jesus.

  8. GatsbyGal says:

    There are websites and online communities dedicated to sexualizing The Simpsons; guys who write stories and draw pictures of Marge having sex or Lisa as a teenager “exploring” with Milhouse. I’m not even joking a little.

    And that’s all I can think of when I see these Playboy pictures. I realize that it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and kind of silly, but there are people out there who are going to enjoy these pictures a little TOO much, if you catch my meaning. Kinda really super gross.

  9. Wench says:

    She doesn’t stay sexy for long – on the ‘Model Data Sheet’ she lists ‘having enough saucers for your cups’ as a turn-on.

    OH HELL YEAH! I’ve just moved into my own place and I am so with her on that one. Almost nothing better.

    (Apart from coasters and cushions).

  10. Firestarter says:

    I actually think it is kind of cool and amusing that the folks at Playboy had the balls and creativity to do this. I mean what a departure from their normal cover model. I say Marge for Playmate of the year!

  11. NFLer says:

    Sad part is somewhere there’s some weird guy getting off on Marge Simpson. Ew…….

  12. HashBrowns says:

    Kids, there is a whole industry of this type of thing and it’s no more bizarre than the “normal” stuff.

    I think it’s funny. Some people will think it’s sexual. Some people will be offended.

    I don’t think her nips are THAT realistic. I think maybe people were expecting them to be blue? That would just be creepy in my eyes.

  13. Alarmjaguar says:

    I just think that Marge Simpson’s character as she’s been presented for 20 years wouldn’t have done this (and Lisa would be all kinds of pissed off about it), so I guess I just feel sort of icked out because of that. On the other hand, I do give Playboy kudos for being creative.

  14. nanster says:

    @ Alarmjaguar – I’m with you.

  15. princess pea says:

    Hashbrowns – good point about the nipple color… maybe that’s what’s freaking them all out? Except I wouldn’t have gone with blue, because that would imply that her nipples are hairy, and you KNOW Marge is better at grooming than that.

    @ Alarmjaguar – You’re right. Read the article: “A nice girl like me would never display her body if it weren’t to raise money for charity. That’s why I’m donating my hefty fee from this tasteful pictorial to SPHG – Saving and Preserving Historic Gazebos.”

  16. lolo says:

    @Firestarter, who cares that you bought Playboy and haven’t gotten the chance to take a look at it yet.

    I find this very disturbing, but I find other ‘photoshoots’ in that raunchy magazine disturbing as well. I don’t get this one.

  17. princess pea says:

    @ lolo – I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but Playboy is not raunchy, hon. Barely Legal, Hustler, heck even Penthouse is more raunchy. Playboy doesn’t show penises or actual SEX, just airbrushed blonde ladies with nice boobs.

  18. Firestarter says:

    @Lolo- What the heck is your problem? I only made a comment that I had bought this issue because of Marge, yet not looked at it, so why the need to be such a nasty person to me for a comment.

    If we are going to act like that, who cares about your opinion on my comment or on Playboy and it’s content for that matter.

  19. orion70 says:

    GatsbyGal…… you obviously aren’t familiar with Rule 34 …

    As for me, I always figured Marge had a bit of a dark side, or maybe she just had to give Lois Griffin a run for her money.

  20. Emily says:

    Lol,GatsbyGal, I’ve seen some of the pics you’re talking about on certain other sites… I think the day I saw sex pics of the Simpsons, Flintstones and Scooby Doo was the day I lost the last of my innocence. So, in comparison, this shoot is nothing.

    Although I was expecting her nipples to be blue. Not cause they’d be hairy, just that Marge seems like she knows how to coordinate colours…

  21. Tony Young says:

    I can’t believe anyone is taking this seriously.


  22. knotstu says:

    MMMMM…. Doughnuts……

  23. They put my head on someone else’s body!