A recent The Simpsons episode offers predictions for the 2020 election in typical tongue-in-cheek fashion. Let’s explore the fabricated scenario.
Animated sitcoms have long made comments on events occurring in the real world, with one of the most recent and notable examples being South Park’s ‘The Pandemic Special’.
South Park is perhaps most associated with satirising our times. However, when it comes to foreshadowing and predictions, audiences often champion The Simpsons.
Created by Matt Groening, fans have been enjoying life in Springfield since way back in 1989.
Of course, with over three decades on the air, it’s hardly surprising that real-life events have somewhat mirrored previous episodes of the beloved show.
On the other hand, it’s worth addressing that there have been numerous “predictions” which have been debunked. Arguably, the most glaring example came when some audiences claimed an episode predicted the death of George Floyd; the prediction claims were based on a fan-made image.
With the election looming, many are keen to speculate if The Simpsons has predicted the outcome…
The Simpsons predictions for 2020 election
While it’s not exactly a concrete prediction, a recent The Simpsons episode – ‘Treehouse of Horror XXXI’ – conjured up a potential outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
As highlighted by the Metro, the scene begins with Springfield residents flocking to cast their ballots. However, Homer is at home and Marge urges him to head out and vote: “You’ll get down here this minute if you care about the three things you love most.”
He arrives at the polling station but is undecided, wondering if he can vote for Judge Judy. Lisa then appears donning a facemask and asks her father how he can possibly remain undecided in wake of the last four years.
A number of headlines and details then scroll over the screen relating to Donald Trump, including “put children in cages,” and “paid $750 in taxes.”
Homer then casts his vote – presumably for Joe Biden – and says “who are you going to make fun of now, late-night comics?”
However, it turns out that it was all a dream and Homer didn’t vote. It has a significant impact as his vote would’ve been the decider.
Audiences then see Springfield swallowed by dystopian imagery with Homer on the roof wearing full body armour. Robot enforcers scatter the streets and, when confronting Moleman, he says: “That’s what I get for voting for Kanye!”
Essentially, the episode aims to raise awareness of how important it is to vote, making the argument that every single vote counts.
If Trump wins, then many will likely look at the scenario presented in the episode as a prediction of his win.
Fans react to The Simpsons election clip
A number of audiences have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts on The Simpsons’ intriguing scene.
Check out a selection of tweets:
Creators weigh in on general predictions
While fans often take these prediction arguments and run, the talents behind the show have their own thoughts.
Comic Book notes that Bill Oakley – one of the show’s writers – weighed in on it all:
“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.”
Lisa Simpson voice actress Yardley Smith also offered her take: “If you’ve been on for three decades, probably you’re going to hit it once in a while.
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