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BY MATT AINSWORTH, Guest Writer

As the new episode of “The Simpsons” aired on Fox late Sunday night, viewers across the nation got to see The University of Michigan-Dearborn play the centerpiece of a joke for the show.

During the episode, Lisa Simpson and Milhouse (two regular child characters on the show) are flashed forward into the future, where the quick Dearborn joke takes place.

In the scene, Milhouse brings up how he would like to go to a non-Christmas-celebrating state. Lisa, his supposed wife, responds “you can go back to Michigan, it’s still under Sharia Law.” Milhouse then says, “Yeah, but they always make me wear a veil.”

At that point, Milhouse points to a picture on the wall of him dressed up in a black veil, covered head to toe, in front of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There are also two Muslim-looking students next to him in the picture.

This portrayal of the University of Michigan-Dearborn got several different reactions as the episode was aired. A couple of students even posted it on Facebook soon after.

One member of YouTube recorded the video from their TV and posted it for everyone to see. The video soared from 21 views to over 200 in a matter of eight hours.

As the amount of Muslims in the United States continues to rise, the national spotlight has passed over Dearborn many times. Several recent events have caused Dearborn to become more and more popular in the news.

As for the University of Michigan-Dearborn, this publicity could either hurt or help the University.

Whether the people of the city like it or not, Dearborn will continue to be exposed, especially with media such as TLC’s “All-American Muslim” or the YouTube favorite “The Ed and Moe Show.”