Subversive meet subversive: Banksy and the Simpsons

Whoa, suddenly I see why the traffic on my site has skyrocketed in the last two days. Banksy directed the opening of The Simpsons recently and now the universe/internet is atwitter about his incredibly dark and subversive take that  pokes fun at the machine behind and beneath the now mainstream mundanity of The Simpsons, which as been around long enough to raise up a generation of twisted, hyper self-conscious youth (including myself). Kudos to The Simpsons and Matt Groening for inviting Banksy into their world and then running with what he gave them. The Simpsons is such an indelible part of pop culture at this point that they probably needed Banksy to shake them up a bit and it just goes to show that he’s not going anywhere. His forums just keep getting bigger and louder and more permanent.

Check it out, but be warned, it is a tad gruesome. Too bad it wasn’t the Halloween Treehouse episode. 🙂


Filed under art, pop culture, t.v., weirdness

4 responses to “Subversive meet subversive: Banksy and the Simpsons

  1. Charlotte

    I think it has a great message, if only people get it.

  2. emofalltrades

    Don’t buy Simpsons stuffed toys?

    I’d love to hear your take, Charlotte!

  3. Charlotte

    I think Chris Tackett with The Daily Beast said it best:
    “Illustrating sweatshop conditions and the abuse of human workers, the exploitation of animals and the environmental-degradation that can come with the mass-commercialization of cheap consumer goods, Banksy attempts to show the ugly side of consumerism.”

    Notice the rows of kids drawing the same picture, the chickens going into the chipper and coming out feathers for stuffed toys, the unicorn chained to the wall punching the holes in the DVD’s. The best thing about Banksey’s art is the social commentary it generates.

    I’ve never watched The Simpson’s so maybe that’s why I focused more on the second half of the video.

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