On October 15th, 1995, the world watched on as two bastions of pop culture came together when former Beatles man Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, made a joyous appearance on America’s favourite yellow family show, The Simpsons. Although it may seem like a jovial thing for the couple to do, the episode titled ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ is all about the theme of vegetarianism which provided Paul and Linda with a platform to discuss the subject in a self-deprecating, humourous fashion to a brand new audience. It spread their message with a smile.
The episode follows Lisa on her path to becoming a vegetarian after she decided she could no longer eat meat after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her schoolmates and family members ridicule her for her beliefs but, with the help of Apu as well as Paul and Linda McCartney, she commits to vegetarianism. It was a conversation that even in 1995, was barely being given any room to breathe. On The Simpsons, it was the McCartneys who found a platform.