First “Simpsons Go To Burning Man” Images

The Simpsons go to Burning Man this Sunday, November 16 at 8pm on FOX. The name of the episode is “Blazed and Confused”, and it guest stars Willem Dafoe as a Scarface-like teacher, and art cars Dusty Rhino and El Pulpo Mecanico.


Bart faces a tough test at school when he gets a new teacher, Mr. Lassen (guest voice Willem Dafoe), who vows to crush his spirit in the all-new “Blazing Guy” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Nov. 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX

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David Silverman, aka Tubatron, is a big-time Burner. You may recognize him by his flaming Tuba:

He played a massive role in The Simpsons. From Wikipedia:

David Silverman (born March 15, 1957) is an American animator best known fordirecting numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie. Silverman was involved with the series from the very beginning, where he animated all of the original short Simpsons cartoons that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and went on to serve as director of animation for several years…Silverman is largely credited with creating most of the “rules” for drawing The Simpsons. He is frequently called upon to animate difficult or especially important scenes…Silverman is also the director of the The Simpsons Movie, which was released July 27, 2007

The Simpsons will join some other popular comedy shows that have featured Burning Man:

Malcolm in the Middle

South Park

Dusty Rhino. Image: flickr

Dusty Rhino. Image: flickr

El Pulpo Mecanico. image: Oliver Fluck

El Pulpo Mecanico. image: Oliver Fluck




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The now not-for-profit, charitable organization The Burning Man Project could learn something from the Simpsons. Co-creator Sam Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and given 3 months to live. He pledged to give away all his $100 million fortune, to stop animals from being killed in shelters and to feed the homeless. He’s still doing it: read all about it in this Vanity Fair profile.


30 comments on “First “Simpsons Go To Burning Man” Images

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  2. Long time burner and member of the Burning Band David Silverman is a very wonderful person who gives the community a great deal, ever see his huge timeline at his camp, depicting the history of Burning Man? There were lots of inside jokes and homages to special burners, several of whom many might know if you have gone for several years. All in all, I enjoyed it. I look forward to hearing the episode soon, since the burner party I went to in Sacramento had a lot of cheering and I didn’t catch all of the story. Visually it made me howl in a good way. Hey, 20+ minutes is a short time to tell a story and I thought it was a quite good spoof of the event.


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  7. Dear Burning Man,

    Today is your pay day!
    You’re off to Great Places!
    You’re off and away!

    You have cash in your pocket.
    Smelly feet in your fuzzy boots.
    You can sell your corporate logo in any direction you choose.

    You’re no longer on your own.
    It’s not what you know, but who you blow.
    And YOU are the corporate whore, who will take all the dough.

    With our heads full of drugs and our guts full of beer, we’re not smart enough to think for ourselves, oh dear.

    Most of us have no reason to frown.
    We’ll drop a ton of cash and come to your town.
    It’s easier there, without an ounce of care
    About the real world and what goes on there.

    Out there, magical things can happen and frequently do, to people who may not be as greedy as you.

    And as you sell out, don’t worry. Don’t lose sleep. We will will follow you, like a lemming or sheep.

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go
    Oh, the people you’ll screw
    Oh, the money you’ll make
    Oh, the media you’ll sell out to.

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go
    The corporations you’ll blow
    Oh, the money you’ll claim
    Have you no shame?

    You’ll be on your way up! To the East Side!
    To a deluxe apartment, in the sky-hi-hi!
    You’ll be rolling in cash and seeing great sights!
    You’ll rip us all off, like a thief in the night.

    You’ll leave us behind, you’ve become the machine.
    You’ll rub elbows with the rich, and make millions, umpteen.
    You’ll soon take the lead, and forget about the rest.
    More mainstream will congest and infest.
    A douchefest of headdress and Robosluts undressed.
    For no other reason than to show off their breasts.

    I must confess, I’m not impressed, and a little depressed.
    Might I suggest that you divest and bequest to the rest
    Of us … The Burners! Blessed and oppressed.
    No … I should have known, should have guessed
    Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

    Except when you don’t.
    Because, sometimes, you won’t.
    Oh, who am I kidding, they’ll just keep bidding
    For your soul, which you will sell.
    Alas, farewell, and burn in hell.

    I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true
    You’ve sold your soul, and no one has a clue.
    You only care about money, not the people you’ll screw.

    So enjoy the view,

    From high up on your perch.
    While we worship your logo, like an idol in church.

    You’ll come down from the perch without even a bump.
    Your landing softened by your wallet, oh so plump
    With my money, which I guess makes me the chump.

    We’ll continue to come, without a second thought.
    Most of us don’t care, that you’ve been purchased and bought.

    We’ll come to your city where the streets are not marked.
    And worship the Man, as soon as he’s sparked.

    Do we dare stay out?
    Do we dare go in?
    How much should we lose,
    So that you can win?
    Of course, it’s just my opinion, formed from within.

    And if we go in, should we turn left or right?
    Is it even safe anymore? Especially at night?
    Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
    Maybe ask those corporate elites, you wined and dined?

    Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find
    For a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
    Luckily for you, we are blind, and our minds confined
    To the 10 Principles you’ve defined.

    What was once a magical space
    I fear is headed toward a most mainstream place.
    Farewell “Leave no Trace”
    Sigh, what a disgrace.

    Oh, the masses will flock, and the douchebags’ shirt-cocks
    To worship your effigy, that stands on a box.
    While you profit from free labor and sell out to Fox.

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go
    Oh, the people you’ll screw
    Oh, the money you’ll make
    Oh, the media you’ll sell out to.

    Oh, the places you’ll go!
    There’s money to be made!
    There are points to score!
    You’re going to get paid!
    So go act like a whore!
    And continue the charade!

    You’ll be as famous as famous can be!
    And soon everyone will be watching, on Live TV!

    Except when they don’t.
    Because, sometimes, they won’t.
    Oh, who am I joking, they’ll just keep paying!
    Smoking and toking, for a week they’ll be staying.

    I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play games
    While we standby oblivious, mesmerized by flames.
    Like long lines, favoritism and ticket prices.
    As you carve up your pie and sell it in slices.

    But on you will go, even when the weather be foul.
    I’m pretty fucking moist right about now, can someone hand me a towel?

    No one will challenge your curious mystique,
    You’re just too cool, too hip, too chic.
    You won’t hear us speak, not even a squeak.
    We just want to party our faces off for a week.

    On and on you will hike.
    While I trick out my bike.
    And continue to like
    Watching your profits spike.


    And will you succeed?
    Yes! You will, indeed!
    (98 and ¾ percent profits, guaranteed.)

    We’ll move mountains to get there!
    As you cater to the billionaire.
    So…be our name Homer, or Bart or the one with big hair,
    I call out to all Burners, of the Borg beware!

    Today is your day!
    Your pile of cash is waiting.

    The Borg hath spoken, no use in debating!
    Bow down to the 10 Commandments, stop your hating!

    Your money, start saving!
    If you want to be in the desert, misbehaving and raving!
    Oh the lights and the music and the drugs you’ll be craving!

    My apologies for the digression,
    But I don’t understand this recent obsession
    To sell out and profit with no discretion.
    While the world so full of injustice, oppression
    It seems the Borg is taking full possession
    I’m afraid we’re in for some real regression.

    Despite my rant, I do have a confession
    And hope I haven’t left the wrong impression,
    I still love Burning Man and Decompression,
    But if you have a problem with any of this,

    Fuck off bitch, radical self expression. 🙂

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  9. They mentioned that they are covered by the fair use act and can do parodies and satire using these elements. They have my blessings anyway. Burning Man is awesome and so are the Simpson’s. It’s really fine.

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    • me too! I doubt they have to pay, given how much free publicity they generate – similar deal to Reuters. But if any of us made our own cartoon eg. “Zos and Rock Star go to Burning Man”, we’d probably get sued.

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  10. WTF?! I don’t get it. How does The Simpsons co-opting Burning Man to sell a television show (and, in turn, sell advertising on Fox) fit within our community’s ethos and the protection of our event? It doesn’t. Like many other prior violations this should be actively pursued by the Burning Man legal team. If not, the whole thing is just a farce and we might as well have Fox advertise on the Man next year.

    Burning Man Principle | Decommodification: In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

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    • >the whole thing is just a farce

      Now you’re getting it.

      Malcolm in the Middle and the Southpark episodes were fantastic for BMorg. Where do you think the new blood is going to come from once the old blood realizes they’re putting their blood, sweat and tears into a farce? Plus, new blood doesn’t complain about the 10 principles. They are as docile as lambs – the best event-goers on the planet.

      This coming Simpsons episode will assure that DPW have fresh meat for the next 5 years. Get with the program.

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  11. agreed, I just said this at this morning:

    And, like Dr Seuss before it, The Simpsons will now be “blamed” for all the tourists coming and taking tickets away from Burners – and used to justify whatever bizarre ticket schemes that preserve prices for scalpers they can come up with for 2015.


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