'Simpsons' Writer Calls Out Mike Pompeo's Lisa Simpson Swipe at Nancy Pelosi: Don't 'Watch the Show or Refer to It'

Former Simpsons writer and showrunner Bill Oakley has called out U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the latter appeared to use a screengrab from the series to mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pompeo posted an image of a bereft Lisa Simpson tearing up pieces of paper Tuesday night, an apparent swipe at Pelosi, who ripped up a copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address while standing just feet away from the president.

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Oakley saw Pompeo's tweet and fired off a missive, writing on his own Twitter account: "Mr. Secretary of State please do not ever ever ever use Simpsons material in your twitter or watch the show or refer to it in any way."

Oakley followed up with: "(To be clear this episode aired before [Josh Weinstein, Oakley's writing partner and former Simpsons co-showrunner] and I even worked on the show and was written by the genius George Meyer and I say this to Mr. Pomepo as a FAN of this episode, not someone who worked on it. If he starts using Steamed Hams, then this will become personal.)"

The image of Lisa Simpson sobbing and tearing pieces of paper comes from the Simpsons episode, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington," which aired in 1991. In the episode, Lisa enters an essay-writing contest about America and wins a trip for the family to Washington, D.C., to attend the finals of the competition.

There, Lisa witnesses a congressman accepting a bribe in the House of Representatives and, disheartened by this distinctly undemocratic act, changes her final essay to scold the government. The congressman is arrested as a result of Lisa's essay.

Oakley and writing partner Josh Weinstein were writers on The Simpsons from its third season, before eventually becoming showrunners for Seasons 7 and 8. Together, they wrote the famous "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-part episode that closed Season 6 and began Season 7 in 1995.

Nancy Pelosi State of the Union
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Donald Trumps speech after he delivers the State of the Union address at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 4, 2020. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Tuesday's defiant act by Pelosi at the conclusion of Trump's State of the Union address has been the major talking point of the annual speech.

In a statement after the address, Pelosi called Trump's speech a "manifesto of mistruths," specifically taking umbrage with Trump's healthcare policies. She claimed he was "not truthful" about rolling back certain protections that currently help people in low income brackets to afford prescriptions.

"The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the president and policies worthy of his office and the American people," said Pelosi.

The official White House Twitter account, however, scorned Pelosi's actions. The Trump administration account said: "Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family. That's her legacy."

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