On this week's episode of The Simpsons in the US, the mysteriously buzz-worthy graffiti artist Banksy put his famous tags all over the title sequence. The artist's presence didn't simply end there, though: following the standard opening credits, the audience is taken to what looks like a sweatshop, where Asian works are seemingly forced to help animate the cartoon and provide promotional merchandise.
It's a bleak social commentary to say the least, featuring child labour, dungeons, and animal cruelty. Apparently it's in response to recent reports that Fox outsources animation to South Korea, and the dark short film created an issue for both the broadcasting and animation department at Fox. I can't blame them; while the sequence makes a statement (albeit one that may go over most casual viewers' heads), it can't be good for the company's reputation. How do you feel about Banksy's sequence?