Claim: Voice actress Nancy Cartwright was elected mayor of Northridge, California.
Example: [ANI, 2005]
Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart Simpson in the cartoon 'The Simpsons' has been elected as the Mayor of Northridge in Los Angeles.
The 47-year-old mother of two is now determined to make her mark in the political arena and plans to clamp down on rampaging youths immediately.
"Everyone finds it funny that Bart is the new mayor. I can influence people because I'm Bart Simpson. I live in a nice neighbourhood. But down the road there's drugs and gangs, stealing and illiteracy," Female first quoted her as saying. (ANI)
actors make the transition to political officeholders is nothing new, especially here in California. Singer Sonny Bono represented California in the
Still, when readers started asking us in
- We live in the Northridge area, but we didn't hear anything about it.
- Northridge is a community in the San Fernando Valley, which is part of the City of Los Angeles, and thus it doesn't have its own mayor.
- The only news outlets that seem to have picked up the story were relatively small overseas ones.
We considered that perhaps Ms. Cartwright's mayorship was merely an honorary one, in the same vein as
You are one of the more intelligent responses to this article, you are actually checking the facts. The overwhelming response has been to reprint it all over the world without bothering to check its veracity. The fact of the matter is that Nancy was appointed the HONORARY Mayor of Northridge through the Northridge Chamber of Commerce. It is strictly a PR-type position which would allow Nancy to be involved with her local community, businesses, neighborhood and involves being part of or planning various events, gatherings, etc. in the area. The quote below was taken out of context, omitting the "honorary" part (maybe the interviewer, who was from London, simply didn't understand what that meant) and the word "elected" was inserted, along with some note from the article's author about how Nancy went into politics to help clean up the area, when nothing like that was ever said. Since it was first printed last week in the London Sun, it has been reprinted all over the world. Thanks for checking.
Last updated: 25 May 2005