This week’s apology by Johnny Depp & Amber Heard is all a bit too surreal.
Much of what unfolded had already played out in the 1995 Simpsons episode Bart vs Australia.
It began after Bart racked up a collect-call down under to enquire about the direction of flushing water. The $900 “dollarydoos” bill, which so happened to involve a neighbour of an Australian Member of Parliament, soon escalated to a higher authority. After letters went ignored, the Australian Government indicted Bart for fraud, but a US official pointed out an apology to the Aussies may settle the case.
Marge: No, no, no! I’m not gonna have my son go to jail over some silly tiff with Australia. You’ll just have to find some other country to have relations with.
US Official: There is one other option. They’ll drop the charges if Bart makes a public apology in Australia.
Marge: All Bart has to do is apologise and we get a free trip to Australia? I can handle that.
Upon arrival to Australia Bart and Lisa noticed a Customs sign warning not to bring in any flora or fauna. Bart ignored the sign and lets a pet frog go free.
Bart: What does that sign say? I thought they spoke English in this country.
Lisa: It says you can’t bring in outside plants or animals. Any foreign creature you bring in could upset the environmental balance.
Bart: Sorry, girl, I don’t want to get in any more trouble down here. I’ll pick you up on the way home.
Later a Court ruled Bart must be subjected to “the booting” from the Prime Minister.
Bart: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I did to your country.
Andy: Well, you’re free to go, Bart right after your additional punishment.
Andy: A mere apology would be a bit empty. Let the booting begin!
Andy: It’s just a little kick in the bum.
Homer: What kind of a sick country would kick someone with a giant boot?
Andy: Mr. Simpson, shush. Disparaging the boot is a bootable offense.
The way the apology played out with Depp & Heard -while Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was also our acting Prime Minister- is only something that could happen in Springfield.