The Simpsons calls for aid to Puerto Rico

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The Simpsons is best known for its comedy, but the long-running cartoon took an understandably serious turn at the end of last night’s (October 1) season 29 opener.

For a few seconds at the end of the episode ‘The Serfsons’, the show displayed an image calling for aid to Puerto Rico during the terrible crisis at the moment.

The picture depicts Homer, Bart and Marge holding up a Puerto Rican flag as the latter holds up a sign saying “unido” (or “united” in English). We also see Lisa in the foreground with a tear rolling down her face.

They have since tweeted the image, which has been retweeted and liked thousands of times.

The outreach also lets people know how they can help, with links to charitable organisations UNICEF USA, One America Appeal and Save the Children.

The island has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma over the past month, leaving many residents without power, homes and essential resources.

There has also been a lot of criticism of the Trump administration and how it has handled the crisis, and a number of celebrities have criticised the US president, including Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Meanwhile, last night’s Simpsons episode saw the show spoof the fantasy genre, with take-offs of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings.

‘The Serfsons’ included references to ravens, dragons, Ice Walkers, as well as a voice cameo from Jaime Lannister himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

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