The Best Bits of Political Satire From The Simpsons, Family Guy Season Premieres [VIDEO]
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This post, written by Manila Ryce, originally appeared on The Largest Minority
Though these are certainly not the most controversial political messages Iâ€™ve ever posted from The Simpsons or Family Guy, I had to splice something together in celebration after such a long time without either show.
The Simpsons: Though the first opening sequence shows Springfield in the process of being rebuilt after the events of the movie destroyed the city, I included it in the montage because of the visual similarities it had to Katrina. Especially true to that comparison is a giant billboard which shows Mr. Burns playing the role of a â€œdisaster profiteerâ€ like Halliburton as the town lay in ruin. The second clip is taken from the end of the episode, and features Stephen Colbert as Homerâ€™s life coach. Colbert seems to channel his television persona by giving a rather patriotic speech on the virtues of egocentrism. He applauds Homerâ€™s ignorance towards the limits of his power and a â€œcomplete lack of concern for what anyone thinksâ€ of him.
Family Guy: The opening sequence of Family Guyâ€™s â€œStar Warsâ€ parody shows the evil Star Destroyer with a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on the back as it chases Princess Leiaâ€™s ship. That was a fairly simple, but effective gag. The next clip shows C-3PO and Skywalker listening to right-wing talk radio. A voice which sounds amazingly like Rush Limbaughâ€™s bitches about the â€œliberal galactic mediaâ€, says that global warming is a myth created by said media, and attributes the promotion of Lando Calrissian to affirmative action. The third clip rounds out the episode with Stewie making a crack about rising gas prices. True to their bumper sticker, and despite their technological advances, the Empire is evidently still reliant on fossil fuels.