Millions across the globe have expressed their solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, now including “The Simpsons."
In a short clip at the end of Sunday’s episode, an animation of baby Maggie appeared in front of a red, white and blue background holding a flag. Printed on the flag were the words “Je Suis Charlie," a slogan that has gone viral since the terrorist attack on the magazine’s headquarters in Paris.
The illustration appears to be an imitation of Eugene Delacroix’s iconic “Liberty Leading the People,” which was painted in 1830 in remembrance of the July Revolution. Some social media users have also pointed out its resemblance to the famous image of Les Miserables’ Cosette standing in front of a blue flag.
Within minutes following the airing of the episode “Bart’s Best Friend," written by Judd Apatow and originally aired almost 25 years ago, social media users applauded the show for its gesture in solidarity.
“The end of the Simpsons with Maggie holding Je suis Charlie was a great showing of solidarity,” Twitter user nycbc wrote. “Timely and well placed.”
On Sunday, Apatow tweeted that the writers of “The Simpsons” kept their heart and soul in his “crazy old draft” and added their own brilliance.
Twelve people, including two police officers and five staff cartoonists, were shot and killed by Islamist gunmen on Wednesday after they stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices and opened fire.