What makes Matt Groening’s animated sitcom The Simpsons so popular is its satirical depiction of the American working-class life, culture and society. It presents it in simplest terms, through the daily lives of the characters of members of the Simpsons family, set in a fictionalized town of Springfield.
Perhaps the funniest of all its jokes are ones we see in ourselves doing. It’s all about the little things we do, with humor that references to various sources such as movies, television, music, culture, literature, science and history.
The Simpsons may be an animation, but its stories are highly based on reality and the human condition. Thus, we’ve heard of Simpsons predictions time and again.
Before we go toward how Simpsons predictions came up with the Donald Trump presidency back in 2000, let us make a quick rundown of its other accurate forecasts.
According to a report by Time for Simpsons predictions, “Six years ago they predicted that Bengt Holmström of MIT would win the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2016.”
“They foresaw the tiger attack on Siegfried and Roy, helped design the iPhone, predicted Apple Watches, and foretold that the Rolling Stones would still be touring in 2016.”
Now isn’t that too accurate for a cartoon based on a dysfunctional family? But how could a show that merely started as shorts for the Tracey Ullman show in April 19, 1987 come up with all these Simpsons predictions, including a highly unlikely Donald Trump presidency?
Well, it didn’t. It was a joke! That’s what the show is all about- satire. And it’s been warning Americans all this time about how their crazy lifestyle would likely lead to if it continued on.
It was a warning to America,” writer Dan Greany said regarding Simpsons predictions in a report by the Mirror. “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
“What we needed was for Lisa to have problems beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that’s why we had Donald Trump be president before her.”
Donald Trump was the lowest standard they could come up with, which in a sense was a wake up call for its American viewers.
“Back in 2000 Trump was, of course, the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire.” Dan Greany added.
Perhaps every one is too busy living the illusory American dream to pay attention to what’s really going on within society, and around their individual life. The Donald Trump presidency wasn’t a prediction; it was just a simple piling of small truths, that when added up, more likely reaches a natural end.
Simpsons predictions eerie? It’s probably more about attention to detail, which is closest to reality. Now what do you see coming out of an inexperienced, widely known braggadocio, sexist, racist Donald Trump presidency? If you cast off all emotions, add up the facts and get it right, that doesn’t necessarily make you a seer.
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