“The Simpsons” ran its annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode on Sunday night — in the spirit of Halloween, just like every year — and it featured a shot at the Worldwide Leader.
The opening sequence of the 24th “Treehouse of Horror” episode showed a cemetery with a number of gravestones. It was essentially the show’s way of poking fun at companies and ideas that were either failing, or ceased to exist. For example, “Toys R Us” was mentioned, as well as “slow new days.”
Also listed on a gravestone was “ESPN,” which was the show’s way of taking a shot at the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
ESPN may no longer be the dominant force it once was in the media landscape, but its parent — The Walt Disney Company — is still the No. 2 media company in the world.
Still, “The Simpsons” — which airs on FOX — made sure to sneak in a dig at its competition when the opportunity presented itself.