Over the past 25 years, Matt Groening has allowed a lot of bootleg Simpsons merchandise to slide by, but in tonight's episode of Portlandia, he finally draws the line ... at “Bart Ska-mpson” T-shirts.
The Portland, Oregon, native, who hasn't appeared in an on-camera role since The Tracey Ullman Show in 1988, takes Spyke (Fred Armisen) to court over the knockoffs, because of the lousy pun and the horribly off-model Bart. "As the creator of The Simpsons, this makes my eyes hurt," Groening tells the judge in the clip, below.
In reality, the cartoonist delights in bootleg Simpsons merchandise, and even collects its.
"Just the badness of it makes me laugh," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "The best awful bootleg ever was a coloring book from Russia that came out early on in the Simpsons success. I’m convinced that they showed the guy or whoever drew the coloring book a picture of the Simpsons for five seconds and said, “Okay… now draw!” And he or she drew a whole coloring book, and it’s so wrong. Spike’s Bart Ska-mpson T-shirt, by comparison, is a masterpiece."
Portlandia airs tonight at 10 ET/PT on IFC.
(via The Laughing Squid)