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What does 'throwing up its hands at its own audience' mean?

edited March 2019 in Translation

Hi everybody. I am a non-native English speaker. I am reading a book about the Simpsons program now. I have a little difficulty understanding the end of the sentence. I read it a million times. I know about the idiom 'raise your hand', but I still don't get the offer. I guess an author said that the program gave up trying to entertain or entertain viewers, or make them laugh, but I'm not sure about my prediction. Am I right? What do you think? All ideas are welcome.

Starting in Season 8 though, the tone of those jokes changed markedly. Where the show had once been fond of an occasional subtle nudge to let the audience know that it was aware of the absurdities of episodic television (Burns never remembering Homer, Marge reminding Bart that he hasn’t used any of his famous catchphrases in four years), now it seemed exasperated or downright indifferent. For all its great moments, “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” is about nothing so much as the show throwing up its hands at its own audience.****

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