Now, with any show as long running as #TheSimpsons, a few inadvertent "predictions" were always likely to turn up. Sure, it's a little unusual that the show correctly worked out that "Roy" of Siegfried and Roy fame could get mauled by a tiger, that voting machines would have ridiculous Republican-favoring errors, and that hamburger ear muffs would inevitably be a thing, but all of those were to some extent predictable. After all, tigers do tend to maul people occasionally, voting machines are hilariously fallible, and people love fast food-shaped everything.
What was less obvious 16 years ago, however, was that #DonaldTrump would one day be elected president of the United States of America, yet that's precisely what The Simpsons correctly predicted would happen back in March 19, 2000's episode "Bart to the Future."
If you thought that the show's correct calling of the 2016 presidential election was as random as, say, its prescience regarding tiger maulings, though, then think again. Y'see:
The Simpsons Predicted Trump's Presidency For A Fundamentally Horrifying Reason
As then-writer (and current consulting producer) Dan Greaney revealed in an interview with THR earlier this year, the clip above was less of a throwaway gag, and more a Cassandra-like piece of existentially despairing premonition. When the show noted that Donald Trump had destroyed America's economy, Greaney noted:
"It was a warning to America. And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."
Which, for anyone who's appalled by the prospect of a man who has actively boasted of sexually assaulting women, is under investigation for multiple crimes including fraud and complicity in sexual assault, and who spent much of his presidential campaign actively trying to undermine the democratic foundations of the United States, is probably about as horrifying a logic as it gets. After all, as Greaney also noted:
"The important thing is that Lisa comes into the presidency when America is on the ropes, and that is the condition left by the Trump presidency... What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that's why we had Trump be president before her."
For the sake of life, liberty and the existence of a functioning US economy though, let's all hope that The Simpsons' prescience is ultimately limited to the election of an orange-faced business man with multiple bankruptcies in his past and a misogynist streak as wide as the parting in his "hair," and doesn't extend to him subsequently ruining the country and/or entire world.
But maybe let's remember the tiger mauling, election issues and hamburger ear muffs as we do so.
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