There are posts surfacing featuring The Simpsons predictions for Trump’s death. So, let’s explore these 2020 claims and get them explained.
In this day and age, you can find conspiracy theories about pretty much everything online, with comment sections often adding fuel to the fire.
There are many who believe that messages are hidden and that sometimes popular culture foreshadows and predicts events which are yet to happen.
Earlier this year, a number of people were quick to argue that a TV show on Netflix – My Secret Terrius – predicted the coronavirus. This and many others were swiftly debunked but it didn’t stop some from still believing the claims.
Many films and TV shows have been held up by theorists for predicting a wealth of things, but if any title has attracted the most, it has to be a certain animated sitcom.
Of course, we’re talking about The Simpsons…
The Simpsons predictions
Matt Groening’s hit show has been on screens since way back in 1989 and since then audiences have been flocking to Springfield for heart and humour.
On the other hand, people have looked deep into certain moments and attested that the writers predicted certain things.
These include the horsemeat scandal, autocorrect, smart-watches, Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox and more.
A while back, one of the biggest theories to trend on social media was that it predicted Donald Trump becoming president. In season 11 episode 17 – titled ‘Bart to the Future’ – we witness a vision of the future with Lisa as president, and at one point she utters: “we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.” The episode first aired in the year 2000.
However, there are also claims that it has predicted his death.
Let’s dive into it!
The Simpsons predictions in 2020: Trump death
Back in 2017, an image of Donald Trump in a coffin [see below tweet] was supposedly taken from an episode of The Simpsons.
The image being shared never actually featured in an episode. However, it continues to make the rounds in 2020, passed off as authentic.
As highlighted by Snopes, the image didn’t appear in an article published by The Huffington Post either; this is contrary to the watermark on the shared image.
In attempting to trace where it came from, the source suggests that a Spanish-language video from Badabun which had racked up over one million views was the main reason for the rumour spreading. It’s said to have appeared in a 4chan thread.
Due to the number of previous The Simpsons predictions, many were quick to believe the image was legitimately from the show.
However, some are citing The Simpsons in wake of recent news…
As reported by the BBC, Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating.
At 74-years-old, the source addresses that he belongs to a high-risk group.
The Simpsons crew weigh in
According to Comic Book, one of the series’ writers – Bill Oakley – opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about his stance on conspiracies theories surrounding the show:
“There are very few cases where The Simpsons predicted something. It’s mainly just coincidence because the episodes are so old that history repeats itself. Most of these episodes are based on things that happened in the 60s, 70s or 80s that we knew about.”
Additionally, the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yardley Smith, suggested: “If you’ve been on for three decades, probably you’re going to hit it once in a while.”
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