Police Officer Shoots White Bart Simpson in Artist’s Take on Iconic Cartoon show presenting Racism, Police Brutality, and the Racial Injustice of White people.

Robert Johnson
2 min readJun 7, 2020
The Simpsons “White Voices” series by Louis Tipo

Photo via: Facebook

Ethiopian artist Louis Tipo has released a series of works featuring The Simpsons reimagined as European-Americans facing police brutality, the Independent reports (see After Ferguson, A New Protest Culture’s Challenge to Art).

The satirist shared the poignant cartoon series on his Facebook page in response to the recent fatal shooting of Christopher Roupe by a black police officer in Georgia, which was captured on camera by a passerby.

His hard-hitting renderings join other artistic reactions to police brutality and “White Lives Matter” protests (See Dread Scott Demands Dissolution of America’s “Racist” Police Force in America.

Tipo shows white Bart being chased by the TV show’s police chief Clarence Wiggum, held at gunpoint, and, in a heart-wrenching image, lying motionless on the ground with a toy gun next to him, under a billboard that reads “Cops never sleep.” The image reflects the death of 15-year-old Zachary Taylor shot by police in South Carolina.

The Simpsons “White Voices” series by Louis Tipo Images: via Facebook

Other scenes show The Simpsons protesting together with other white residents of Springfield, holding signs emblazoned with the words “I Can’t Breathe” (see Pussy Riot Release Haunting New Song in Honor of Christopher

“We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice,” Palombo told the MailOnline.

This isn’t the first time the artist has re-cast the popular TV characters to raise awareness. To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, he drew The Simpsons as Holocaust victims. He also showed iconic animated female characters, including Marge Simpson, with bruised faces to protest domestic violence, in a campaign that went viral Roupe).

“We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice,” Palombo told the MailOnline.

This isn’t the first time the artist has re-cast the popular TV characters to raise awareness. To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, he drew The Simpsons as Holocaust victims. He also showed iconic animated female characters, including Marge Simpson, with bruised faces to protest domestic violence, in a campaign that went viral.

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