The Simpsons fans think an Ivanka Trump presidency prediction has been offered in a 2016 episode. Let’s take a moment to explore audience suspicion.
Watching The Simpsons used to be pretty relaxing but some have found themselves compelled to reach for a pen and pad when tucking into older episodes.
Matt Groening’s beloved animated sitcom has been delighting audiences since 1989 – it began life as shorts in 1987 – and since then we’ve grown quite attached to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the vast array of Springfield residents.
There are so many moments worth cherishing but more recently we’ve seen fans take an active interest in identifying potential predictions and conspiracy theories in certain episodes.
For example, many wholeheartedly argue that they predicted Trump’s presidency.
While posts claiming the show predicted the likes of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent riots have been debunked, the Donald Trump prediction arguably holds some weight.
So, could they have done it again with his 38-year-old daughter, Ivanka Trump?
The Simpsons: Ivanka Trump prediction
Fans of the iconic show have recently been drawn to a detail which features in Season 28, episode 4.
Titled ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVII’, the episode first aired on October 16th 2016.
The episode opens with the Simpsons walking down the street in their Halloween costumes and Bart asks: “Dad, why are you taking us Christmas tree shopping on halloween?”
Homer replies: “Because in America, everything’s way too early.” Dressed as Bender from Futurama, he opens up his costume to reveal a pin badge emblazoned with “Ivanka 2028”.
“See,” he says, laughing to himself.
We then cut and the gag isn’t followed up again.
The joke was particularly timely considering Donald Trump didn’t assume office until January 2017. So, the gag actually prefigured the Trump presidency.
Fans weigh in!
Inevitably, fans have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts. Some think that The Simpsons have done it again, while others believe it’s just a timely joke.
It’s also worth addressing that a later episode showed Ivanka taking over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s position on the Supreme Court, as highlighted by the Metro.
Check out a selection of tweets:
The Simpsons crew shed light
Some of the show’s talents have their own thoughts on the matter.
As reported by Comic Book, Bill Oakley – one of The Simpsons’ writers – weighed in regarding general predictions:
“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.”
Yardley Smith – who voices Lisa Simpson – also had her say: “If you’ve been on for three decades, probably you’re going to hit it once in a while.”
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