D’oh-30? Cartoon depiction of Duterte featured on ‘The Simpsons’


Posted at Dec 16 2017 09:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 17 2017 01:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte appears on the 'Mueller Meets Trump' episode of 'The Simpsons'. Screengrab from Animation on Fox YouTube channel

MANILA—(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte made a bit of a cameo appearance on "The Simpsons."

A cartoon version of the Philippine chief executive was featured in an episode titled "Mueller Meets Trump," released Thursday.

In the episode of the hit American TV series, a framed photo of US President Donald Trump and Duterte posing in the traditional ASEAN Summit handshake could be seen hanging on the wall. 

The caricature was inspired by the awkward handshake between the two leaders in Manila last month.

In a combination photo, U.S. President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, are crossing their arms for the traditional "ASEAN handshake" as he participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

The Simpsons episode proved that the Philippines successfully hosted the 31st ASEAN Summit and that Duterte made an impact on the international stage, said Presidential Communication Secretary Martin Andanar. 

"Mayroon namang ibang katabi si President Donald Trump, hindi lang naman si Presidente Duterte... The fact na si President Duterte ang isinama, ibig sabihin, ibang kalse ang dating ni President Duterte sa artist na iyun," he told DZMM. 

"We are happy na ginawa iyun nila dahil nagpapakita lang na naging successful tayo sa hosting ng ASEAN." 
(President Donald Trump was beside other leaders, not just President Duterte. The fact that President Duterte was the one featured means that he made an impression on the artist. We are happy they did that because it only shows that our ASEAN hosting was successful.) 

Below is a preview of the Mueller Meets Trump episode:

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