Next on ‘The Simpsons’: Shepard Fairey, Ron English and the Gang

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You aren’t really a celebrity until you’ve had a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” In March, Shepard Fairey and fellow street artists Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal will enter that hallowed pantheon of stars when they lend their voices (and likenesses) to the enduring Fox animated series. The episode is titled “Exit Though the Kwik-E-Mart,” a play on the street-art documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

Fairey said on his website Wednesday the episode is scheduled to air on Mach. 4:
“In order to get back at his dad, Bart goes undercover as a graffiti street artist and plasters Homer’s unflattering image all over Springfield. But one night, Bart and Milhouse get caught in the act by established street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal (guest voicing as themselves), and to Bart’s surprise, they invite him to exhibit his satirical artwork in his very own gallery show. Meanwhile, a hip, new health food superstore opens in Springfield that threatens to put Apu and the Kwik-E-Mart out of business.”

“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.”

“The Simpsons has been one of my favorite shows since the early 90′s. When I was running my screen printing studio in Providence R.I. my crew and I lead a Spartan existence consisting of long hours and a seven day work week. Our only recreational indulgence ritual was to stop work early Sunday evenings to eat dinner together while watching the Simpsons. I’ve always loved the Simpsons blend of humor and social commentary, so it is a huge honor for me to appear as a guest character on the March 4th episode. The story line is great, and they were kind enough to indulge a couple of my dialogue suggestions designed to make the social commentary more pointed(even though I had to make fun of myself to do so). I can’t wait to see it!”
- Shepard