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The Marge Scene On The Simpsons That Went Too Far

The Simpsons were pretty much designed to take a satirical look at the nuclear family in America. Homer isn't the loving father who had been portrayed in past sitcoms. Instead, he's an alcoholic who violently chokes his son whenever he gets out of line. Speaking of which, Bart isn't your average rapscallion. He psychologically tortures his teachers and principal and is an utter brat to his sister. On multiple occasions, the family has managed to get the entire town of Springfield against them.

Of course, Springfieldians don't necessarily hold grudges against Marge Simpson. The loving matriarch of the family is always there to adequately discipline Bart and keep an eye on her other kids, Lisa and Maggie. But while she's usually the one good parental model the children can look up to, she's not entirely innocent in all of this. She's gotten into her fair share of shenanigans over the years, including one instance that really went over the line of good taste.

Marge took steroids and sexually assaulted her husband

Normally, Homer's the one who gets involved in zany schemes, but in Season 14's "The Strong Arms of the Ma," Marge is the one who goes overboard. After developing agoraphobia after getting mugged, she spends all her time inside the house, where all she can do is lift weights. She then gets involved in the bodybuilder scene to build up her confidence further, and through all this, she begins abusing steroids, which subsequently increases her aggressiveness. 

At one point in the episode, she even forces Homer to get intimate with her even though he clearly doesn't want to. That's sexual assault, and while it may be played for laughs, it's a serious offense. It's arguably the worst thing Marge has ever done, and to further showcase how steroids can make one aggressive, Marge ends the episode by beating up a bar full of patrons and sailors.

Marge's actions are unforgivable, and while the episode glosses over Marge assaulting Homer, one Redditor makes a valid point, "Reverse the genders and [I] bet that would probably be enough to get the Simpsons cancelled." Can't argue there ...

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).