Street Artists to Guest Star on “The Simpsons”
On March 4, 2012, street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal will guest star on “The Simpsons.” The episode, titled “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” — which references the Banksy documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop — will feature each artist his own voice for his animated counterpart.
In this episode, Bart plasters unflattering graffiti images of Homer all over Springfield. They catch the eyes of established street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal, who catch him in the act, and they invite him to exhibit his work at a gallery show of his own. Meanwhile, a new health-food superstore threatens to put the Kwik-E-Mart out of business.
“Part of being on ‘The Simpsons,’ is you’re being honored as a reference point in culture,” Fairey says. “But you also can’t be too sensitive about that part of culture being made fun of…There’s irony that comes with something outsider becoming insider. And they do a great job of examining that.” (via Laughing Squid)