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Why FOX Didn’t Pull Banksy’s Opening to “The Simpsons” [Video]

10 Oct 2010

Tonight’s “couch gag” for The Simpsons was directed and storyboarded by infamous British graffiti artist Banksy, known for expressing anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian messages in often subversive and intriguing ways.

Why would 20th Century Fox willingly approve such an opening?

According to media scholar and author of Watching With The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And Intertextuality, Jonathan Gray, they didn’t get the chance. On Twitter, he notes:

Apparently the times FOX has tried to intervene, “it’s backfired badly on them.” In a later tweet:

Whatever the case, there was likely a moment of self-awareness for all those involved in this cycle of cultural production: distributor, producers, and viewer alike. But as Banksy once said, “We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves.”

We now return to our normal programming…

[via @davechensky]

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