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April 29, 2007

Bart Simpson gets naked for Simpson's film

It's not exactly child porn, but Bart Simpson is doing his first full frontal nude scene in the upcoming Simpson's movie.

According to Newsweek, which got a sneak peek at The Simpsons Movie, "little Bart flashes his little part to the entire world" while skateboarding naked on a dare from Homer.  The newspapers claims this to be the first time for nudity without an R-rating.

"That Bart is a cartoon character, and a defiant adolescent one at that, does make the cultural interest in his private parts more complex and intriguing," says Kim Blank, a professor of popular culture at the University of Victoria.

"But the bottom line -- pun intended -- is that Bart, despite the little pixels that constitute his personhood, is an American icon -- a transcendent celebrity who defies age. And we, as a culture, are always interested in seeing naked celebrities, if only to confirm our fantasy that they have what we have."

This isn't the first time Bart has shown some skin.  The cover of the 1991 Simpsons Uncensored Family Album showed a nude Bart sprawled stomach-down on a bearskin rug in a spoof to Burt Reynolds' Cosmopolitan centerfold shoot of 1972.  In 2002, Rolling Stone mocked Nirvana's album art for Nevermind showing Bart's genitals on their cover.

According to The Simpsons Archive, the show has aired more than 200 different scenes of implied or pixilated nudity and sexual situations during its nearly two-decade run.

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