#53 Broti Gupta (The Simpsons): Sumo oranges, Koko the gorilla, bears aren't real

Follow Friday

Mar 18 2022 • 37 mins

When she's not tweeting about https://twitter.com/BrotiGupta/status/1488664591139631108 (sumo oranges) or her podcast https://www.patreon.com/lecturehall (Lecture Hall), Broti Gupta is a writer for The Simpsons. And the long gap between when a Simpsons script is written and when the animated episode makes it to the air means Gupta and her colleagues have to think carefully about what aspects of internet culture have the staying power to be referenced on the show. "It wouldn't reference https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/bean-dad (Bean Dad), but we might have an episode of our own 'bean dad,'" she says. Today on Follow Friday, Broti talks about four of her favorite people she follows online: Someone she's followed forever: Dylan Gelula, @dylangelula on https://twitter.com/DylanGelula (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/dylangelula/ (Instagram) Someone who's an expert in a very specific niche she loves: The Cincinnati Zoo, @cincinnatizoo on https://twitter.com/CincinnatiZoo (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/cincinnatizoo/ (Instagram) Someone who makes her laugh: Helena, https://twitter.com/freshhel (@freshhel on Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/bugsizechihuahua/ (@bugsizechihuahua on Instagram) Someone who makes her think: Sarah Hagi, https://twitter.com/KindaHagi/ (@KindaHagi on Twitter) And on https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (our Patreon page), you can unlock Follow Friday XL — our members-only podcast feed with exclusive bonus follows. That feed has an extended-length version of this interview in which Broti talks about someone super-talented who’s still under the radar: Amelia Elizalde, a writer for Clickhole and Reductress (plus some bonus material about Dylan Gelula). Also: Follow Broti on Twitter https://twitter.com/brotigupta (@brotigupta) Follow us @FollowFridayPod on https://twitter.com/followfridaypod (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/followfridaypod/ (Instagram) Follow Eric https://twitter.com/HeyHeyESJ (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by https://www.fiverr.com/yonamarie (Yona Marie). Show art by https://www.fiverr.com/dodiihr (Dodi Hermawan). Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Elizabeth, Sylnai, Matthias, and Shima.