Some Say 'The Simpsons' Speedway Episode Goes too Far

©, February 9, 2000.
CONCORD, N.C. - It has been nine months since three spectators were killed in an accident at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Now some people in our area are upset that a popular show could be turning the tragedy into comedy.

Some television viewers say they saw a promotional ad for an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" that appears to be making fun of the accident.

When some people saw a controversial ad on the Fox network Sunday night it brought all the horrible memories back. They say the network is making fun of the deaths and they want the show pulled.

Who can forget what happened last May when Indy cars crashed at Lowe's motor speedway sending flying debris into the stands killing three people and injuring 8 others?

Lisa Herring hasn't forgotten. She was stunned to see the promotion Sunday night for the fox show, "The Simpsons."

"One of Springfield's most beloved will die. I'm ok, folks. It's the most shocking Simpsons ever," says the national television commercial.

"I don't think anything like that should be put on television as far as a comedy type of thing," said Lisa Herring.

Herring and her children cringe when they think about how the families of those killed and injured in the speedway crash feel about deaths made comic. Speedway officials also say Fox may be going too far.

"That's a real insensitive thing to do, pretty irresponsible. Obviously what might appear funny in L.A. or New York isn't funny here in Charlotte," said Jerry Gappens at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The local Fox affiliate, WCCB, says it's talking to the network and will not show the ad for the time being.

Lisa Herring hopes they take things a step further.

"I just don't think that particular show should be shown. Show something else. Show a rerun," said Herring.

So far, the speedway has not contacted the Fox network, but says it may lodge a complaint.

The Fox station in Charlotte says it was taken by surprise by the Simpsons ad. The station insists it will not treat this cavalierly.

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