“The Simpsons” put the laughs on hold during Sunday night’s season premiere to call on viewers to send aid to Puerto Rico for hurricane Maria relief efforts. The episode ended with a still image of the characters somberly holding a Puerto Rican flag. Standing behind the flag, Marge holds a sign reading “Unido.” Bleeding heart Lisa is int he foreground, a single tear in her eye. The image included references to various relief organizations, including Unicef, Save the Children, and One America Appeal. The show posted the image on its Twitter account with the status “How you can help.”
Many on social media expressed their gratitude for the heartfelt gesture, while pointing out the stark contrast between the cartoon family’s response and the president’s botched one. President Trump attacked the mayor of San Juan for exhibiting “poor leadership,” while defending his administration’s slow response.
Twitter user Beth Devine wrote: “When a cartoon is more impactful than the president. Sigh.”
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) October 2, 2017
When a cartoon is more impactful than the President. Sigh.
— Beth Devine (@bethdevo) October 2, 2017
The premiere episode of the 29th season was set in a fantasy world called “The Serfsons,” which included many references to popular fantasy franchises “Game of Thrones,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “Harry Potter.”