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The Simpsons Season 22 Ep03 Intro - Very Strange indeed, even for the Simpsons!

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posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 10:52 AM
Hi All,

Now i know this may seem better fitted for the Television Forum, i also though it warranted being listed here. Now i dont know what to exactly, but first of all, i just want you to watch the intro to the above Simpons episode.

Unfortanatly i cannot post the clip directly as it is copyrighted and illegal to share online so far, even yputube doesnt have a clip...

The Intro: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I urge you to watch it though, the cut scene that normally has varied endings at the couch goes off into a chinese sweatshop kinda scene and shows death, bones, slave labour and to be honest is quite disturbing, the clip is also long compaired to many other ending scenes in the Simpsons ( i have seen many, i am a fan!! ) Although the clip is animated it is still very different to any other clips from the Simpsons.

I guess in some ways it does reflect the current relationship we have with China ( the production side of things ) everything we consume comes out of china - well almost everything, how many things do you see that are made in China, yet we hear so little about the country in many ways, the workers that build all the crap we consume are paid below minimum wage and some ( not all ) live a life we would consider poverty.

Overseas and Outsourcing ------------------------------------------------------------------------

I once heard an exec say that well we outsource to X country, it is cheaper for us but for those that work for us overseas it brings them into the middle-class. Now what middle class are we refering, it all comes to relevenance, the way i look at middle class is most likely different to middle class in poorer nations. By our standards they may still be poor but to them things are great. Perspective peoples!!

The message i got from that clip was in some ways an eye opener, the clip may be grim and not exactly the way things are but it does reflect in an abscure way the truth.
Let me ask you this, how many millions in China would earn 1/4 of our average in say AU or the US or UK etc and make alot of our products that make the corporations rich!

The people earning these wages likes their employer because they provide there wage and gove them the '' honour or chance '' to earn some money.

How do you think they would think of the consumer of all the things they make, the billions of products the produce for us to consume. Would they in some ways resent us? Perhaps pitty us? I dont know exactly and that is the question i pose to you!

Of course its not all bad for the producer countries, we spend and spend and spend, getting into more debt, going week by week - month by month with our salaries.
Our inflation goes up steadily ( majority of the time ) by about 4-5% and the producer nations economy and growth goes up by up 10-20% per year in many cases but not all.

Who will win, what i mean to say is which economy or finacial system seems superior??

Anyways just gave me something to think about...


FYI: Once again my apologies i could not load the clip directly, if anyone finds a link that is free and legal please post

edit on 22-12-2010 by Havick007 because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 11:00 AM
reply to post by Havick007

Just so people know:

Banksy creates new Simpsons title sequence

UK graffiti artist Banksy has created a controversial title sequence for long-running US animation The Simpsons.

The intro, which was shown in the US on Sunday, opens with the street artist's tag scrawled across the town of Springfield.

It closes with a minute-long sequence showing dozens of sweatshop workers in a warehouse painting cartoon cells and making Simpsons merchandise.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 11:03 AM
I think you're referring to a show from this season, not season 2. Banksy did the intro and it's a statement about foxcon, the chinese company that manufactures a variety of electronic devices and has been suffering from employee suicides thanks to their horrific work environment.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 11:08 AM

Originally posted by Crakeur
I think you're referring to a show from this season, not season 2. Banksy did the intro and it's a statement about foxcon, the chinese company that manufactures a variety of electronic devices and has been suffering from employee suicides thanks to their horrific work environment.

Yhea I think your right, all the OP has done is missed a '2' off the season number, the Episode is called "MoneyBART" - season 22, episode 3 (or the 467th episode)

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:01 PM
Oh man, that is one of the most sombre things I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! It nearly brought me to tears!.
It has it all, doesn't it? The little animals used to make the stuffing in the Bart dolls(probably endangered, right?)
the dolphin head licker thing, unicorn, whoah.
So with the obscene amount of money this enterprise makes, why do they let it happen? Very strange.
Maybe it's purpose is to remind & instill in people how hopeless life is meant to look, therefore creating & perpetuating more negativity. I just wouldn't work for a Co. like that.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:16 PM
us jobs shipped overseas and the thought that they are being pulled into the middle class, i call that slave labor and slave wage mentality. the corporations dont give a rats a$$ if they better anyones lives, all they care about is profit margins. the same reason the illegals are allowed to pour into the u.s, the corporations need a second class slave labor force right here at home.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:18 PM
Banksy and Simpsons - loving it

To the "chinese" sweatshop reference; simpsons pictures are produced/painted (sorry - do not know the real term) in South Korea. So it's rather a South Korean sweatshop.

Edit: quote from wikepedia: "With the debut of the series, because of an increased workload, Fox subcontracted production to several international studios, located in South Korea.[6]"

Maybe for folks who do not Know Banksy: he's a street-artist who has some provocative humour, and is constantly playing with references to Pop-culture to make you think.

He did once a stunt where he went to disney-land, and stood next to a rollercoaster, dressed in "guantanamo"-fashion. Another one is the picture of the burned kid in vietnam, who is holding hands with Ronnie McDonalds and Mickey Mouse. Check him out on
edit on 22-12-2010 by svetlana84 because: added the part about banksy

edit on 22-12-2010 by svetlana84 because: added wiki quote

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:30 PM
You think the chinese are truly brought to 'middle class' standards by the 'benevolent' Corporations? Do stop chewing on that blue pill.

Fact the facts. The chinese masses are slaves living on slave wages, duped into going into cities. Many had fled and are returning back to their farmlands, if it is still avaliable and not goobled up by the corrupt CCP bootlickers. NO HUMAN can live on $100 a month and call themselves middle class. Better poverty with your own backyard to grew veggies and eggs than to slog for hours and starve in factories, to make the Corporations rich.

Had those products that are sold at Wal mart came any cheaper? With the economies of scale using inferior slave labour and materials, cutting corners, they are still sold higher fractions than the original cost to make them. Who pockets the differences? - yer 'benevolent' globalizing free trade Corporations, growing rich daily with more weath than they can spend in several lifetimes and yet complaining not enough.

Mankind, thou art screwed.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:33 PM
I wouldn't read too much in to it.

It's just a bit of black humour that occurs in the Simpsons.

Whether it was, or wasn't, a heartfelt critique on slave labour is moot. I'm sure that Banksy. Matt Groening, and anybody else involved in the Simpsons, are multi-millionaires.

If they wanted to actually do something about the inequalities in the world, then, with their money and power, they could do so in other ways, rather than just making a 'subversive' intro to the show.

This just seems to be a representation of the panging consciences of those who enjoy the luxuries in life, and an attempt to make themselves feel better by putting a ''right-on'' intro-sequence to the show.

Incidentally, you could always tell when it was going to be a crap episode of the Simpsons, when they used the full 1 minute 20 intro, rather than the 30 second version.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:42 PM
Banksy and the Simpsons were making a statement about Foxconn.

Foxonn makes your ipads, ipods, iphones etc.

they've also been tasked with, I believe, the upcoming HP tablets (web os).

The simpsons show in question came out towards the tail end of this sad tale of worker abuse.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:44 PM
Excellent opening. I thought it was great. The writing on the wall ... the dead dolphin licking sealant ... everything. Whoever put this together did a great job. Seriously.
to them.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 01:00 PM
Who do you think manufactures the Simpsons show? Not the idea/the screenplay for the episodes/movies but the product you see on the theater screen/television screen? And the merchandise? Hint: It's not americans.

It's not a reference to another company that makes other products it's a reference to themselves. How they earn your bucks.

They are giving you a choice. Go with it or avoid it.



posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 02:01 PM

Originally posted by conspiracy nut
us jobs shipped overseas and the thought that they are being pulled into the middle class, i call that slave labor and slave wage mentality. the corporations dont give a rats a$$ if they better anyones lives, all they care about is profit margins. the same reason the illegals are allowed to pour into the u.s, the corporations need a second class slave labor force right here at home.

Yes. But you can look a little deeper to wonder if it is a masterful plan of allowing the natural inclinations of businesses to do what we have been hearing for the last few years from the UN, NWO, folks and our President: Share The Wealth!

That is exactly what we, the average person, has been forced to accept, allow the building of the Third World by business practices to our (sinking) detriment.

The owners and stock owners are not suffering, just the Western middle class. In those TW countries, their policies allow their own companies--and ours!--to create the miserable kind of conditions we occassionally get to see. But typically, outfits like the UN and Western governments turn a blind eye to that enslavement. Actually, it is just a different level and manner of control of the masses to what most of us are accustomed. Scary thought that.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 02:05 PM
I saw it and laughed my ass off.
I want a dolphin head tape gun.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 02:19 PM
it made me feel creepy and i didn't find it funny at all. (life long simps fan) - i don't get it. they hate fox but don't mind making them a ton of money?

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 02:22 PM
That is what Banksi is all about. He shows us the stupidity of some parts of our society. Check out his works. I'm sure this was all his concept. I may have met him in LA last year.

posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 06:18 AM
reply to post by tonypazzohome

Yeah definatly, the first thing i thought was creepy!! Normally i wouldnt post something like this on here but as soon as i saw the clip i had to share

posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 06:34 AM
I havent been able to reply as my bandwidth was slowed yesterday - 50GB in 18 days, man i gotta slow down!!

But thanks all for your feedback and information on Banksy, after watching the intro again i noticed the Banksy graffiti etc. Also thanks for posting the clip i did try to look for it but with bandwidth thing i lost patience, although i it didnt turn up when i saerched youtube... but thanks again.

I didnt realise the whole Simpsons / Sth Korea issue, although i also though about the production side of things, with everything being digital, CGI etc would it really be sent to Korea ( production of show ) I am sure it could be down in house so to speak. Although yes the merchandise would def be outsourced. Just about every device, gadget, whitegood and nick-nack in my house is made overseas, whether it be China, Korea, Taiwan.

Also in regard to the statement i made about the Exec going on about how outsourcing brings them into middle class. That was a quote in my workplace from one of the Segment managers of our business. We raised issues about customers complaining when being put through to customer service areas that have been outsourced and that was part of his response. He also tried to say that overall surveys show customers are happy with overseas customer service ( in this case the Phillipines ) but yeah i can tell you from first and second hand experiance that aint true.

He also said they are building universities for the sole purpose of training and educationg call centre, data entry and customer service staff. The are investing heavily on Western countries outsourcing jobs to them.

Sorry kinda off topic in my own thread ( sorry guys )

posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 06:40 AM
Pretty strange opening...

what i noticed was how happy, and normal they looked on the couch, all the while people were suffering to bring them common goods that enable them to live in their 'throw away society;

posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 07:34 AM
Yep, that's the Banksy one.

Quite good isn't it?

If anybody likes his work, take a look at:

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