Illustration of cartoon character Bart Simpson with a black censor bar leaning in front of a white star. Red text on yellow background.
The Simpsons is one of America's most famous animated television shows. The show, which follows the life of the Simpson family, was first created as a sketch on the Tracey Ullman show in 1987 and in 1989 became an independent series. This button features Bart Simpson, the oldest Simpson child known for his mischievous pranks and carefree attitude. The show was controversial in its early years, and many Americans were offended by the show's parodying of average suburban life. In 1999, when this button was made, The Simpsons was the subject of attempts at censorship, especially in their Itchy and Scratchy skit, a violent parody of Tom and Jerry. However, the attempts at censorship were unsuccessful and today The Simpsons is popular around the country and is the longest-running sitcom in American history.
The Simpsons. (n.d.). Retrieved October 6, 2015 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons