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‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Charlie Hebdo in Epsiode Written by Judd Apatow

While Hollywood’s A-list walked the red carpet Sunday night donning symbols in support for Charlie Hebdo before the annual Golden Globe awards, the FOX animated series The Simpsons also paid to tribute to the French satire publication.

Late in Sunday’s episode, titled Bart’s Best friend, which was penned by director Judd Apatow, Maggie Simpson appeared on screen in front of a red, white, and blue background while waving a frayed black flag that read “Je Suis Charlie.”

The imagery was broadcast in support of French satire publication Charlie Hebdo, which fell victim to a deadly terrorist attack last week in Paris.

In addition to paying tribute to those lost in the Paris attack, the image is reportedly also a reference to French culture; the animated spot reportedly was based on French painter Eugene Delacroix’s piece titled “Liberty Leading the People:”

Apatow reportedly wrote The Simpson’s episode in 1990 as a sample for a job he was seeking as a writer on another project. Bart’s Best Friend finally aired this season, after the writer/director produced the script from storage for the creators of the show. The tribute was unrelated to the episode’s story.

Watch: The Simpson Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

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