Hey! You know Julian Assange? What do you mean you don’t know who he is? He’s the man who leaks things. Allegedly, he leaks things all over people against their will (which he denies, natch). He also likes leaking documents which really gets up the nose of the world’s governments.
Sounds like a thrilling bloke, doesn’t he?
Well, the activist, currently under house arrest in the UK, is going to play himself in the 500th episode of The Simpsons. Yes really. We suspect he’s going to be very, very funny indeed. ‘He’ being Homer Simpson, not Julian Assange.
Apparently, Assange recorded his lines from a secret location, after show creator Matt Groening heard a rumour that he was interested in appearing on the television programme, according to The Telegraph.
The episode (airing in February) will see Homer and Marge hearing that Springfield residents have been holding secret meetings to evict the troublesome family from the town.
“The Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet [Assange], who’s sort of their new Flanders,” said Al Jean, executive producer of the show.
Then, in a really cheerful move, Assange then shows Homer a video of an Afghan wedding being bombed. No. We’re not making that up.
“He’s a controversial figure, and there’s a good reason he’s controversial,”Mr Jean told US journalists. “There was discussion internally whether or not to have him on the show, but ultimately we went ahead and did it.”
In other news, Julian Assange is due to appear at a hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday to appeal extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations.
Is that officially funny now?