Banksy, scourge of wall cleaners everywhere, has directed a new title sequence for the Simpsons which will be shown on UK television shortly.
Not just a new title sequence, but a title sequence so controversial and subversive that it "led to delays, disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walkout by the animation department". For which read "we thought if we made a big deal about it, it'd get talked about and bludgeon together some interest for a series which, frankly, isn't half as good as it used to be".
If you haven't seen it yet, watch it. It'll cause you to question your very values and will challenge the ideals you hold dear.
Watched it? Good. Experienced any of the above other than a vague sense of boredom? Same here. "Ooh, but it's confronting head-on the accusations that The Simpsons is outsourced to asian animators working in appalling conditions, and satirising itself in so far as The Simpsons is nothing but an exploitative money making machine", you cry.
Well done, Banksy. We knew that - It's made by Fox, for fucks sake. It's unlikely Murdoch will be offended by the intro - Let's face it, if he was then it would never be shown. The chances are it's more than likely he'll take some tips from it and use it in Corporate training. "This is how it should be done, Gentlemen". Is Banksy fighting the system from within? Ah well, there's nothing like safe well funded subversism.
If you hadn't picked up on the subtleties in my words, I'll make it crystal clear. I really can't stand Banksy - and as it's my bloody blog, I'll bang on about it all I like. I know Art is subjective - the astonishing popularity of the guy is testament to that - but I just don't get it.
To me it's all style and no substance. Nothing he has ever done has ever hit a nerve or raised a genuine emotion other than bewilderment at his success. Much like the work of Damian Hurst, it all just feels slightly smug and empty. Art for the MTV generation who don't care what it says - or if it says anything at all - as long as it looks pretty.
Rumours abound as to the real identity of Banksy. For all I care he could end up being revealed as a genetic splice between Lord Lucan and Shergar and I still couldn't summon up any interest. Other than how his creators conquered the basic horse/human genetic imbalance issue.