You gotta wonder if The Simpsons writers have a time machine or something like that. If we go back in time nearly 3 years to February 10, 2013, the Valentine’s Day-themed episode of the show featured a sequence that involved both David Bowie AND Alan Rickman – who both died this week, four days apart, and both at the age of 69. Three years ahead of time, The Simpsons had unknowingly created a tribute to the two British legends.
From Huffington Post:
The episode’s description, according to a 2013 article in Entertainment Weekly, involved Bart trying to impress a lady (voiced by Zooey Deschanel) and Homer getting thrown out of the house by Marge when he didn’t accompany her to an event. Yearning to win over the objects of their affections, Bart, Homer and a few other men living in a single-dude complex called Brokewood Apartments, decide to watch a movie called “Love, Indubitably” (a wink at “Love Actually,” which oddly enough Rickman was also in). In the parody, the Hugh Grant-version of the Prime Minister, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, proclaims his love for a lower class lady by the name of Eliza Commonbottom, they kiss, and a Pandora’s box of silly British pop cultural references is opened, which includes Snape (who Cumberbatch also voiced), the Bowie song, and a fun “Doctor Who” reference.
Following Rickman’s death on Thursday, The Simpsons tweeted out a link to the scene.
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 15, 2016
A few days prior, Simpsons show runner Al Jean tweeted out a Simpsons-themed tribute to Ziggy Stardust.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) January 12, 2016
You’ve probably now seen countless tributes to both of these men floating around online in recent days, so I’m not going to go too in depth… But I will share a couple more tributes that I kind of like.
Not necessarily a tribute, but a pretty funny gag from Family Guy, Alan Rickman’s Answering Machine:
And how about the South By Southwest co-creator who has now admitted to changing the name of Bowie St. in Austin, Texas to David Bowie St. The city has said that, despite the fact that it is technically vandalism and illegal, they will leave the tribute up until Tuesday. Click the link on this tweet for the full story:
— billboard (@billboard) January 16, 2016
Or how about Flight Of The Conchords‘s song, Bowie’s In Space?