The Simpsons, it’s the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program. It’s considered a classic and the reruns are still as entertaining to watch. Time magazine even named it the 20th century’s best television series. It’s no longer an ordinary animated program but it’s already part of the American culture. Don’t you agree?
It’s not a kid friendly animated show but it surpassed generations and have entertained millions of people around the globe. The show has also bagged dozens of awards despite its format and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite the recognition, The Simpsons have also had its share of controversies. Some of its characters were characterized as a bad role model for children and some of its episodes were just too violent and controversial. It’s even banned in some countries. But despite the setbacks, the series has been renewed several times and the movie released grossed over $527 million. But more than just entertaining its audience, The Simpsons have been creating parodies of iconic historical moments. Some of the scenes may be funny but little did we know that they were parodies. Don’t believe me? Check these out.
Have you guessed it yet? It’s the Woodstock Festival.
The festival was considered an iconic and historical moment during its time, especially for the music industry. It was attended by over half a million people yet there was no recorded violence during the 3-day event. Big music celebrities joined and played for free. The photo was taken by Burke Uzzle and was spoofed by The Simpsons.
11. Pedestrian Crossing
Homer’s holding an album that looks like The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” The album’s cover featured the four band members walking across a pedestrian lane outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of recorded music.
The recording for the album was the last in which all four Beatles participated. The phrase ‘Bigger than Jesus’ was a twist to the controversial statement made by John Lennon where he said, we are “More popular than Jesus.” Guess the fame went inside his head far too much.
10. Lunch With A View?
Remember the famous scene where the Simpsons family are having lunch sitting on a girder high above the city?
It was inspired by the iconic 1932 photograph “Lunch atop a Skyscraper.” The image shows construction workers lunching on the 69th floor of the former RCA building in Manhattan which is now 30 Rockefeller Plaza. According to archivists, the photo was in fact prearranged.Although the photo shows real ironworkers, it is believed that the moment was staged by Rockefeller Center to promote its new skyscraper.
9. The Loch ness Monster
Here’s a still from an episode of The Simpsons. The photo looks like the photo taken of Nessie the Loch Ness monster. It is the first known photograph of Nessie, taken by Hugh Gray in 1933.
Nessie is the aquatic being which is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere and is often described as being large in size, with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.
The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a being from folklore without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.
8. Taking Oath
Lisa happily takes oath after winning the Little Miss Springfield contest. She came in second but suddenly comes first in a flash. The real event was actually President Johnson taking an oath.
When Lisa was announced as Little Miss Springfield, Marge is standing beside Lisa with a dreary look on her face. This was in reference to Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside Lyndon B. Johnson on Air Force One during the emergency inauguration of 1963, immediately following the assassination of President Kennedy.