The Simpsons may have earned a reputation for predicting the future, but the creators’ recent decision to tear up the show’s parent company has become the talk of the town.
The season finale of The Simpsons called out Fox News and Facebook for spreading misinformation, stoking fear and, well, a fondness for dictators, reports “Deadline.”
Days after Fox pitched its portfolio to advertisers on its first Fox shows, including The Simpsons and Fox News in the same breath, Matt Groenig & Co. fired back. According to ‘Deadline’, at one point a character resembling Tucker Carlson is shown saying, “Putin for president, next on Fox News.”
At another point, the lyrics, “Facebook feeds our fear. They convince us that things were good when gas was cheap and men were white,” is heard as a Mark Zuckerberg-like character presses on a red button that reads “death of democracy”.
“I’m saying you’ll definitely never get a job like your dad did and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything much worse,” the character sings.
He is joined by Clinton-era US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich – playing himself – who intones: “The decline of unions, rampant corporate greed, Wall Street malfeasance and the rise of short-term politics. view have all contributed to the increase in economic inequalities, to widespread real unemployment, to the stagnation of wages. , and a lower standard of living for millions of Americans.
Simpsons writer Tim Long tweeted that the producers “recorded both @RealHughJackman and @RBReich last November. Jackman was a dream, doing take after take after take. At one point he announced: “I love to sing! And it shows!”
He also tweeted, “just over a year ago the @Atlantic published this article. This Sunday the show responds – in the form of a crazy eight-minute musical number, written by me and @ LarryIsOKeefe, and featuring @RealHughJackman and Robert Reich @RBReich!
He further revealed that the inspiration for the segment was a piece last year in The Atlantic titled “Life in ‘The Simpsons’ is no longer available.”
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