Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons opened with a harsh jibe at Fox News, or more to the point, the audience of Fox News, when a news chopper featured a fictional Fox News slogan emblazoned on a helicopter that read “Not Racist But #1 With Racists.” Bill O’Reilly, the Irish beat cop of Fox News, took exception of the cartoon family, calling producers “pinheads” for continually “biting the hand that feeds them.”
The Simpsons appear on Fox Broadcasting which is owned by News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, and are somewhat notorious for taking creative license in its criticism of its corporate overlords, take for example the custom show open commissioned for street-artist Banksy that portayed 20th Century Fox as a bleak, oppressive and exploitative operation.
Biting the hand that feeds them? Sure, but its the sort of daring and surprise that makes The Simpsons a successful business that makes lots of money for it parent company. What other company lets one of its franchise shows take so many shots at its corporate parents and siblings?
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