Banksy draws attention to ‘Simpsons’

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 12, 2010

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Sunday night’s controversial opening-credit stunt on “The Simpsons,’’ which showed animated Asian foreign workers piecing together a “Simpsons’’ episode in a sweatshop, was directed by famous graffiti artist Banksy, who put Boston on the counterculture map in May when he tagged buildings in Chinatown and Cambridge. We assume Banksy’s gag is a statement about reports that “The Simpsons’’ outsources some of its animation to South Korea. The sketch included an image of a young man using a chained-up unicorn to punch holes in “Simpsons’’ DVDs. Yikes. . . . Worth mentioning is that Sunday’s “Simpsons’’ episode was a parody of “Moneyball,’’ Michael Lewis’s baseball stats book-turned-movie that brought Brad Pitt to Boston to film scenes at Fenway Park last week. Lisa Simpson played a pint-size Billy Beane in the episode, crunching numbers to make Bart’s little league team No. 1. Red Sox adviser and statistician Bill James lent his voice to the episode saying, “I made baseball as fun as doing your taxes.’’ So true.

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