Last night, "The Simpsons" spoofed cable news programming and a few well-known personalities -- including Glenn Beck. The famed (and often infamous), animated show portrayed Homer Simpson as the host of a political show called "Gut Check."
While no official names were used during the episode, Mediaite's James Crugnale claims that the show tweaked "Glenn Beck's over-the-top persona." And BuzzFeed's Whitney Jefferson called the depiction "the best Glenn Beck impression I've ever seen."
Crugnale delved into the episode's background in detail:
The premise of the episode is that Homer has become a viral internet video sensation after Bart uploads footage of him having an Alec Baldwin-esque airplane meltdown.
His YouTube stardom earns him a spot as a commentator on cable news show HeadButt, with commentary from Adriatica Veljohnson (a not-too-subtle jab at Arianna Huffington). Homer goes off script, and claims to speak for “those real people out there who buy their coffee from the mini-mart and grab enough sugar packs for a week. Honest, hardworking, sugar-stealing Americans!”
Following Homer's on-air rant, executives decided to give him his own show -- "Gut Check." “I’m a loudmouth who says things you’re afraid to say, but not racist things!," he boldly says on the program. Later, Homer cries on-air, as he rails on about a Nebraska high school's choice to replace football with soccer.
Below, watch Beck discuss his take on World Cup soccer back in May 2011 (around 3:00):
The Huffington Post covered the episode as well, though the outlet failed to mention the potential spoof on its founder:
Homer becomes the voice of the people, earning his own talk show on a network very similar to Fox News. There, he can spout his opinions and say what the common man is thinking, never mind that he's incredibly ill-informed and ignorant on politics.
Here's part one of the Simpsons spoof. Pay attention to the news ticker, which displays, "Gingrich looks forward to win, fourth Wife," "Rick Perry mistakingly signs order to execute himself" and "Europe puts Greece on eBay," among other "headlines":
Here's the second part:
On his radio show Monday, Beck found humor in the clips and said that he enjoyed watching them, as he knows that "The Simpsons" takes aim at both liberals and conservatives.