So.. Banksy’s More of a ‘Family Guy’ Fan?

October 11th, 2010 // 85 Comments

UK guerrilla artist Banksy apparently uses YouTube now and uploaded his own, horribly depressing The Simpsons “couch gag” that aired last night which somberly shits all over the show’s decades-long merchandising efforts. I capped a couple screens, but definitely give it a watch in case 20th Century Fox has it removed. I mean, wow, what a scathing look at the exploitation perpetuated in the name of Western capitalism. And on National Rape an Indigenous Person Columbus Day no less.

*makes cup of coffee using disposable Keurig K-Cup, checks iPhone, tosses half-eaten granola bar into Cuisinart stainless steel trash can*

Just powerful stuff.

UPDATE: The New York Times just posted an interview with Simpsons producer Al Jean regarding how little they edited Banksy’s original storyboard. Still can’t believe they aired this. (Thanks to wilko in the comments.)

UPDATE: And Fox pulled the YouTube version. Just added the Hulu clip going around.

Photos: YouTube

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  1. g_girl

    i love it!

  2. Daryl G.

    Hams and fists don’t really ever go well together.

  3. Banksy Simpsons Couch Gag Intro
    Leeeuh
    Commented on this photo:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/video/item/banksys-simpsons-intro

    you can watch it here, fox removed it from youtube… how morbid.

  4. Jim

    It’s so over the top with it’s use of left wing stereotypes about the evils of capitalism, that you have to assume he’s mocking the left. Then again, it could be that most leftards aren’t too bright and this is the level of conversation that they’ve sunk to.

    • dani

      We have a winner!

    • Lemoncake

      FFS For the last time Banksy is not attacking capitalism, it’s very specificly about 20th Centruy Fox. Anyone who understands Banksy would know he never attacks ‘the left’ or even ‘the right’, just the absurd.

  5. I didn’t like it at all. The couch gags are usually funny and creative. There was no couch gag at all, just somber, depressing political satire.

    • IllegalAlien

      Oh no how dare someone break you out of your zombie-like conciousness and make you think bad things happen. Quick grab your stars and stripes underwear and chant USA #1!

  6. i confoosed

    so, did banksy do this for free, or did he donate his fee to the exploited asian workers? oh, wait–it’s probably neither.

  7. let's get rough, before we are lovers...

    If it wasn’t pointed out, I would’ve thought it was a regular episode…

  8. Sanity

    Clearly satirizing the perception on the left of the “exploitation” of Asian workers. South Korea (where The Simpsons is animated) is part of the G-20 and is widely recognized as one of the most open, fair, and exciting economies in the world. It also has the highest average internet speed in the world. Pretty sure there aren’t too many sweatshops using unicorns there. Read the interview. “Obviously the animation to do this was pricey.” Only a show with producers with clear consciences would do something like this, and it’s absolutely brilliant, playing off of so many preconceived notions.

    • Renold

      Clearly you don’t understand Banksy, his motives or his work.

      Oh and there are sweat shops in lots of developed countries, including the USA. They get around it by using illegal labour. Instead of Mexicans in Korea they use Chinese immigrants.

    • Lemoncake

      You think this is satirazing the left? And the “perception of ‘expliotation’”? Watch the Banksy film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ and view some of his other work to see how wrong you are, as I don’t think there are enough words to express it

    • yoshi99

      Ahhhh … you’ve never been to Korea, have you? I have to admit that “Open, fair and exciting” is probably a pretty good description of the “hostess bars,” which are chock full of victims of human trafficking from all over the world. OK, so maybe the “fair” adjective is a little out of place.

  9. boobookitty

    That was well done. Banksy is the first worthwhile artist this world has seen in a very long time.

  10. Banksy Simpsons Couch Gag Intro
    mar
    Commented on this photo:

    the dolphin head is great. its like, so telling of how those creepy asians have no souls.

  11. Skip Smith

    This is a celebrity gossip site, so STFU with your political bullshit. I don’t go to your lame political sites to talk about Kim Kardashian’s ass, do I? Fuckers.

    • Russ

      This is a celebrity gossip site comments section so STFU with your whiny bullshit. I don’t go to your lame Tea Party forums to talk about Kim Kardashian’s ass, do I?
      Fuckers.

    • yoshi99

      Hey, if you don’t like it, go hang out with Fox and Friends. You won’t be missed.

  12. Random

    And Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” was mocking people that where for helping the poor?!

  13. Random

    That was for Jim btw.

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  17. Banksy Simpsons Couch Gag Intro
    xanax in my beer
    Commented on this photo:

    boooo hoo. Stuff is made in some shitty country.
    BTW who made Banksy king turd of shit mountain in the first place? Not that I don’t appreciate some of the stuff he’s done but he’s on this fuckin pedestal now.

  18. Banksy Simpsons Couch Gag Intro
    Jinxy
    Commented on this photo:

    Or FOX & Matt Goening have no souls, and are sell outs using cheap labor in the form of Asian people as slaves in Bart Simpson work camps to keep up with the demand for Simpson related products & cheap cartooning at slave wages. Well look at the credits on the Simpson’s it pretty much spells it out. Gotta love Banksy, and Matt is a total sell out so there you go.

  19. Willy Wonka

    I’d destroy Lisa Simpson’s ass!

  20. bitingontinfoil

    1. The Simpsons’ ratings have been steadily declining for quite a while now;
    2. The show creators/producers needed to UP those ratings;
    3. Cut to ‘controversial” couch gag created by a pseudononymous artist;
    4. Raise ratings for a short time;
    5. Collect $$$

    Case closed, class dismissed.

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