The Simpsons has responded to some recent backlash.
Its co-creator has confirmed Homer will keep strangling Bart.
And offered their insight as to why…
This isn’t the first time the show has been at the center of a controversy.
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The show is known for seeing the future.
As years before their rather spooky predictions got people anxious and paranoid.
Let’s take a look …
In Season 6, episode nineteen the show made a very realistic prediction.
Back in 1995, The Simpsons introduced the idea that one day, you would be able to use your watch as a cell phone.
The futuristic episode, titled “Lisa’s Wedding” was aired twenty years before the release of the Apple Watch.
Season 6, episode 8. Another technological prediction…
We’re starting to think that Steve Jobs may have co-written the show.
School bullies Kearny and Dolph take a memo to “beat up Martin” on a Newton device in an episode of The Simpsons that aired in 1994.
The memo gets quickly translated to “eat up Martha” — an early foreshadowing of autocorrect frustrations.
Season 6, episode nineteen – The second prediction of this episode…
It is suggested that by the year 2010, all librarians will have been replaced with humanistic robots. Though not all librarians have been replaced (thankfully), robotics students from the University of Aberystwyth built a prototype for a walking library robot, while scientists in Singapore have begun testing their own robot librarians.
By the time Season 6, episode nineteen appeared there were so many predictions being revealed.
During Lisa’s trip to London, we see a skyscraper behind Tower Bridge that looks eerily similar to The Shard, and it is even in the right location… A whole fourteen years before it was built.
Then in the 2007 Simpsons feature film, Lisa attempts to save Springfield from the dangers of environmental catastrophe.
In one key sequence, Lisa gives a speech to her classmates about what could happen to Springfield in fifty years unless something is done to avert the inevitable damage of climate change. The clip is remarkably similar to Thunberg’s speech at the U.N Summit.
Season 2, episode 1 titled “The Way We Was” shows the family as they watch a television interview when the TV set mysteriously switches off.
All that’s left on-screen is a small white dot – which is reminiscent of Fortnite’s eerie black hole. The kids panic and scream when they realize that they can’t get their TV to work again… Much like the many Fortnite players out there.
Season 2 graced our screens in 1990, and in episode 4 Bart catches a three-eyed fish named Blinky in the river by the power plant, which made local headlines.
More than a decade later, a three-eyed fish was discovered in a reservoir in Argentina. And, to make this story even stranger, the reservoir itself was fed by water from a nuclear power plant.
Season 5, episode nineteen in 1994 saw Lunchlady Doris using “assorted horse parts” to make yet another disgusting lunch for the students at Springfield Elementary.
9 years on from the episode, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found horse DNA in over one-third of beefburger samples from supermarkets and ready meals.
In season 2, episode eighteen which was aired in 1991, The Beatles’ Ringo Star answered mounds of fan mail that had been sent to him decades ago.
Fast forward a couple of decades to September 2013, 2 Beatles fans from Essex, England, received a reply from Paul McCartney to a letter and recording they had sent to the band fifty years ago.
The Simpsons parodied entertainers Siegfried & Roy in a 1993 episode called “$pringfield”in episode ten of season 5.
During the episode, the magicians are viciously mauled by a trained white tiger while performing in a casino. In 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy was attacked during a live performance by Montecore, one of their white tigers.
In a scene from the 1997 episode 3 in season 9, “Lisa’s Sax,” Marge suggests Bart read a book titled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.”
The virus wasn’t particularly widespread in the 1990s, but years later in 2014, it was at the top of the news agenda.
This one is for all you maths geeks out there…
In the 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer becomes an inventor and is shown in front of a complicated equation on a blackboard. According to Simon Singh, the author of “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets,” the equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson particle.
Season ten, episode 5 showed a downright creepy prediction…
In the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produce a script Homer pitches. The script is being produced at 20th Century Fox, and a sign in front of the studio’s headquarters reveals that it is “a division of Walt Disney Co.” On December 14, 2017, Disney purchased 21st Century Fox for an estimated $52.4 billion… Nineteen years on from the episode.
While season twenty-one, episode twelve back in the 2010 episode titled: “Boy Meets Curl,” Marge and Homer compete in curling at the Vancouver Olympics and beat Sweden.
In real life, the U.S. Men’s Olympic Curling Team won a gold medal after defeating Sweden even though they were behind, which is exactly how it played out in the episode.
Season eleven, episode 5 in 1999 episode showed Homer using nuclear energy to invent the hybrid tomacco plant – A mix of tomatoes and tobacco, for those who didn’t realize.
This inspired US “Simpsons” fan Rob Baur to create his own plant. In 2003, Baur grafted together a tobacco root and a tomato stem to make “tomacco.”
In 2008, season twenty, episode 4 showcased Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama in the US General Election, but the “faulty” machine changed his vote.
4 years later, a voting machine in Pennsylvania had to be recalled after it kept changing people’s votes for Barack Obama to ones for his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
In 2012 season twenty-three, episode twenty-two saw Lady Gaga perform for the town of Springfield hanging in midair.
5 years later, she flew off the Houston NRG Stadium roof in real-life to perform her Super Bowl halftime show.
The Game of Thrones plot twist.
Season twenty-nine, episode 1. In the penultimate episode of GoT, Daenerys Targaryen disturbed fans when she and her dragon laid waste to an already surrendered King’s Landing, obliterating thousands of innocent people. In 2017, on an episode that spoofed various aspects of Game of Thrones, Homer revives a dragon that proceeds to incinerate a village.
Season twenty-two, episode 1 – MIT professor Bengt Holmström won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2016, six years after he was bet on to win the Nobel Prize on a 2010 episode of The Simpsons.
Holmström’s name appears on a betting scorecard when Martin, Lisa, Database, and Milhouse bet on Nobel Prize winners.
Season eleven, episode seventeen – Donald Trump becoming president.
Okay, this is a big one. In an episode called “Bart to the Future,” which was broadcast in 2000, Lisa has been elected as his successor and quips: “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Dan Greaney called the episode “a warning to America.”
They even predicted the January 6th Capitol Hill riots.
A 1996 episode appears to show mustached, gun-carrying characters taking over the building as part of a parody of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill” segment – other similar characters start cheering as they run up the stairs carrying weapons – eerily similar to the chaos we saw.
And that’s not all.
People are also convinced that the show predicted the Astroworld tragedy.
Fans have found parallels in an episode that sees Marge stuck in traffic.
As per the New York Post, the footage sees her read a sign that says: “Roofi concert 5 miles,” before she exclaims: “Huh! This concert is oversold. It’s as if a music promoter acted unscrupulously.”
Another parallel that fans have spotted is in a 1992 episode, Homer holds a copy of the fake publication, World Weekly News.
The front cover of it is similar to the promotional artwork of Scott that went viral just before the Astroworld tragedy.
Recently, it seemed as though The Simpsons had done it again!
This week, a schoolteacher in Florida was forced the resign after showing his class Michaelangelo’s David statue, as parents complained.
And fans have pointed out this is eerily similar to a storyline in Season 2, Episode 9, titled “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.”
In the episode, Marge begins protesting violence and nudity in cartoons, but eventually becomes a champion for ending censorship.
“Well, it happened. Schools in Florida under Ron DeSantis are run by the type of parental mobs The Simpsons satirized more than 30 years ago. Principal fired after parents complain about a lesson on Michaelangelo’s David,” one person Tweeted.
“Damn. I thought there was a chance the Enlightenment might have been too “woke” for them, but I would have thought the Renaissance was safe. Guess not,” joked another.
Marge even defends Michelangelo’s David in a now-viral clip!
Take a look right here.
And now, the show is back in the headlines.
As co-creator James L. Brooks has opened up to People.
And he claimed Homer will continue to strangle Bart!
“Nothing’s getting tamed. Nothing, nothing, nothing …”
“He’ll continue to be strangled — [if] you want to use that awful term for it. He’ll continue to be loved by his father in a specific way.”
What do you think of his claims?