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The Simpsons kicked off their 29th season with a solid spoof of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but there was nothing funny about the show’s closing. A still image depicted the famous animated family and their community holding up a Puerto Rican flag and a sign that reads “UNIDO,” (‘united’, in Spanish), with a call to action to lend support to the organizations UNICEF, One America Appeal and Save the Children running along the bottom.

Sadly, this message is much needed in America and it seems to have fallen to the Simpsons, among other famous folk, to champion it. The animated, yellow inhabitants of Springfield stand united for the very real citizens of Puerto Rico whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Maria. This is in stark contrast to the animated, orange man in Washington, who has taken it upon himself to attack both the media covering the crisis (not #fakenews again) as well as the mayor of the capital city of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.

Ugh. We have no words.

The Simpsons may be taking the classy approach, but Lisa’s tears and Homer’s frown betray the heartbreak and anger that much of Puerto Rico and America is enduring. Even Nelson the bully is involved! Nelson > Trump, morally speaking.

After 28 year of solid entertainment and thought-provoking content, The Simpsons has still got it. Last night’s season opener, titled The Serfsons, was a gooder: set in a Westeros-like Springfieldia, it hit on all the best GoT tropes, including a Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (AKA Jaime Lannister) guest appearance as Marge’s twin brother, Markery.

It was when the laughs ended though, that viewers were reminded why The Simpsons has been such an institution for decades: it may be a cartoon, but when America bleeds, Springfield feels it.

 

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