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Video of Banksy's Controversial Simpsons Opening Sequence 2010-10-11 10:30:03

Banksy Makes a Statement on The Simpsons — Bold or Baffling?

On this week's episode of The Simpsons, the mysteriously buzz-worthy graffiti artist Banksy put his famous tags all over the title sequence. The artist's presence didn't simply end there, though: following the standard opening credits, the audience is taken to what looks like a sweatshop, where Asian works are seemingly forced to help animate the Fox cartoon and provide promotional merchandise.

It's a bleak social commentary to say the least, featuring child labor, dungeons, and animal cruelty. Apparently it's in response to recent reports that Fox outsources animation to South Korea, and the dark short film created an issue for both the broadcasting and animation department at Fox. I can't blame them; while the sequence makes a statement (albeit one that may go over most casual viewers' heads), it can't be good for Fox's reputation. How do you feel about Banksy's sequence?

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stephley stephley 5 years
Considering that The Simpsons is a multi-billion dollar international franchise, and Banksy and the producers got paid nicely for this opening, I don't see how it's a bold move. Cynical laughing/shaking your head all the way to the bank isn't terribly bold.
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