The Simpsons has been around for 31 seasons now and fans have started to notice something. It seems like the animated sitcom has the ability to predict the future.
The creators and cast of The Simpsons have heard the fans’ conspiracy theories going around. So now they are reacting to it.
The episode in question
The show caught the attention of the public when it made an uncanny prediction again. The episode in question this time is “Marge in Chains,” which aired way back in 1993.
In the episode, it featured a joke wherein the people of Springfield contracted a contagious airborne flu-like virus.
As the residents of the town tried to find a vaccine, things got crazier. They tipped over a truck containing killer bees that started attacking the sick people of Springfield.
Fans were quick to associate the scenes of the episodes with what is currently happening now. The flu-like virus is the coronavirus today while the killer bees are the “murder hornets” which, reportedly, arrived in the United States.
Cast and producers response
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nancy Cartwright, who is the voice behind Bart Simpson, said “We’ve got quite a track record, which is impressive.”
Meanwhile, Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, joked that it’s all just timing.
“If you’ve been on for three decades, probably you’re going to hit it once in a while,” she said.
Showrunner Al Jean laughed at the remark saying, ”What people are telling us now is, ‘Start predicting some good things!’ Because these have been too negative.”
As for the series writer Bill Oakley, he’s not a believer of the conspiracy theories surrounding the show. He said that he doesn’t like it the show being “used for nefarious purposes.”
“The idea that anyone misappropriates it to make coronavirus seem like an Asian plot is terrible,” Oakley said. “In terms of trying to place blame on Asia — I think that is gross.”
He explained that the 1993 episode virus joke was more based on the Hong Kong flu of 1968.
“It was just supposed to be a quick joke about how the flu got here,” he added.
The comedy series writer further explained that they intentionally made the scenes of the episode cartoonish to make it silly and not scary.
They made it very unrealistic too just as how it is supposed to be–funny and not associated with the bad situations currently happening.
Oakley admitted though that they did predict some things but it’s all just a coincidence. He said that because the episodes are so old, it looked like they were able to predict the future because history repeats itself.
Other past “predictions” that The Simpsons made include the election of President Donald Trump, Lady Gaga’s high-flying Super Bowl performance, the invention of smartwatches and iPads, the Game of Thrones finale and so much more.
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