The world’s most famous (animated) Scotsman is skirting around next week’s referendum on Independence for Scotland. The Simpsons‘ Groundskeeper Willie says he’s hesitant to throw his support to either side “be it the right one or the obviously wrong one.”
“Both sides have valid points,” he insists. “The freedom loving heirs of the highland tradition and those who enjoy crawling like worms beneath British boots.”
Willie then nominates himself to lead a free Scotland because after living most of his life in America he knows how not to run a country. He rips off his shirt to reveal the campaign slogan “Aye or die!” a parody of “Vote or Die!” by P. Didy’s Citizen Change. Like a typical politician, he lies and claims it’s birthmark not a tattoo despite never appearing before on the show.
With voters split 50/50 it’s possible a cartoon character could sway the vote, especially considering 16-year-olds can vote in Scotland. Independence is favored by younger Scots as well as the country’s 4% immigrant population. In fact, Willie isn’t originally from Scotland. When voice actor Dan Castellaneta was told to give the character an accent, he considered a Spaniard and Swede before settling on a Scotsman.
The referendum for independence will be held September 18.