On March 4, 2012, street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal will all guest star on long-running television series, The Simpsons. The episode is titled “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart” (a nod to the Banksy documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and each artist voiced their own animated character.
“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.
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.
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