Oops, they did it again.
The Simpsons is really good at predicting the future. For the past few years, the animated series has established an impressive track record of predicting major world events years before they even take place.
Sometimes, the moments are only slightly accurate while other times, you have to wonder if the producers and writers have a time-machine stored somewhere in the writers room.
Or maybe, they’re simply putting the ideas out into the world and making it happen?
Still, the series has built a decent reputation at predicting what may happen through the lens of the FOX comedy series that it has sparked countless of articles listing all the times something was touched on with accuracy. Some of the predictions may give you goosebumps like Donald Trump’s presidency (they really thought it was a harmless joke), the invention of smartwatches, U.S. beating Sweden in curling at the Olympics, and even Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.
They even hit the mark in terms of viruses first reporting the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in an episode 17 years before it happened.
So, it’s not surprising that the show slightly predicted aspects of the present-day coronavirus pandemic coming.
British TV writer Scott Bryan unearthed a clip from the 1999 episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken,” and pointed that news anchor Kent Brockman is seen delivering the news headlines from his home. He explains he’s doing so because there are new curfew laws in Springfield aimed at seniors.
“This is Kent Brockman . . . reporting from my own home in accordance with the new curfew for anyone under 70,” he says in a clip that oddly parallels the present-day “at-home” broadcast from BBC Channel 4 correspondent Krishnan Guru-Murth.
“I hate to say it, I really do, but The Simpsons has . . . I can’t actually,” Bryan began tweeting.
I hate to say it, I really do, but The Simpsons has… I can’t actually. pic.twitter.com/mVw6PZnRVL
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) March 21, 2020
Now, the clip doesn’t mention coronavirus or a pandemic, and the curfew was put in place after Homer and his friends vandalized the elementary school, but it does have many elements of our “new normal” that feels a bit too close to home.
We’re all working from home, for starters. Reporters have turned their living rooms and kitchens into makeshift studios. Curfew laws have been put into effect in many states as well as stay-at-home orders. And seniors are particularly at-risk for the virus and thus encouraged to stay home.
Another episode from 1993 titled “Marge in Chains” references the “Osaka flu,” which finds a deadly virus making its way to Springfield and infecting Marge.
A clip from the episode has gone viral as it shows the public protesting for a cure (and settling for a placebo) before getting attacked by killer bees, which is terrifying considering murder hornets have now been added to the list of things that’ll ruin summer 2020.
Shit the simpsons really did predict 2020 pic.twitter.com/dadM5jvLrB
— Eddie D’ohgrou (@didgeridougrou) May 6, 2020
However, episode writer Bill Oakley cleared the air to the Hollywood Reporter and said the episode was inspired by the 1968 flu pandemic beginning in British Hong Kong and was purely a coincidence much like all the other “psychic” moments.
And maybe that’s just what this is — a string of coincidences because history repeats itself.
Still, it’s striking to see our current day and unprecedented situation reflected on-screen years if not decades before we even considered the possibility.
9 Political TV Shows & Documentaries to Watch Ahead of Inauguration Day
Inauguration day is upon us.
As the U.S. gets ready to swear in a new president, we suggest tapping into a political show to fully embrace the moment:
Here are some of our favorites:
Who could ever say no to the madness that ensues when Olivia Pope and her White Hat advise President Fitzgerald Grant?
It’s a comical yet punchy look at the White House, which finds Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the second-in-line to the Commander-in-Chief.
Kiefer Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly finds himself the President after an attack on the night of the State of the Union kills the president and nearly all of the Cabinet.
Knock Down the House
AOC, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortnerz, is among four Democratic hopefuls profiled in the documentary that highlights the race dubbed as one of the most “shocking political upsets in recent American history.”
The Final Year
The documentary filmed throughout 2016 follows Barack Obama and his team in his final term.
The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin delivered a series about the inner workings of the White House that has inspired many political shows that followed.
House of Cards
Prior to those Kevin Spacey allegations, the series was one of the most popular amongst households as it followed Congressman Frank Underwood. After he was fired, Robin Wright took the lead.
In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and political science professor, runs the world as Secretary of State.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Critics have draw parallels between the series, a dystopian drama about a futuristic America where a society controls women, and Donald Trump’s America. The series has also inspired many protests around the world, most recently the women’s movement against the abortion ban in Poland.
5 Powerful Shows, Movies, and Documentaries to Watch to Learn About Racial Injustice
Guest post: Hiba Abdillahi
There’s a problem in our country. If you’ve been watching new news or checked in on social media, you have seen the murder of African American men at the hands of police (most recently, the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody), racially-motivated encounters, and, as a result, protests, riots, and lootings that have spanned nationwide.
The conversation about racial injustice, racial inequality, and systematic racism has never been louder or more charged up, and for those of you who may not know much about it or have never experienced it first hand, it’s a time to get educated.
The list of shows and documentaries that cover what it’s like to be black in America and capture institutionalized racism continues to multiply quickly as streaming services.
But we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 5 shows, movies, and documentaries that can be a starting point for you and your family to help you understand how root of violence against black Americans and how it affects everyone.
1. When They See Us (Netflix)
The jarring Netflix mini-series by Ava Duvernay is based on the story of the Central Park Five, a group of five black Latino boys failed by the justice system after they were wrongfully convinced of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park in 1989.
2. 13th (Netflix)
How much do you know about the U.S prison boom? Once again filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States in the Academy Award-nominated documentary.
3. I Am Not Your Negro (Youtube or Amazon Prime)
Sometimes we need to look back, to see how we can move forward. This documentary is based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin and covers the history of racism in America, focusing on the stories of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Dear White People (Netflix)
We could all use some comic relief these days while educating ourselves, of course. This comedy-drama series on Netflix follows a group of black college students at an Ivy League (predominately white) college. The series covers plenty of racial topics young African-Americans face including cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism, and slippery politics.
5. If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
It’s the story we’ve seen play out in our society time and time again. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the 2018 drama focuses on a young black man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and a young back couple fighting for justice and the American dream.
Bonus: Just Mercy
Michael B. Jordan’s film follows the real-life story of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who fought to clear Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), wrongfully convicted of murder and placed on death row.
Warner Bros. announced it will be free on all digital streaming platforms during the month of June to teach people about systemic racism.
Best Tweets About Victoria from Tonight’s Episode of ‘The Bachelor’
Week 2 brings tension to the house as the ladies fight for Matt James’ love on The Bachelor Season 25 Episode 2.
Two lucky women snagged a one-on-one date and being vulnerable and open with Matt secured them a rose.
And the group date was a full on “paint war.” Plus, Victoria proved that she’s determined to be the villain that makes us go “ugh” all season long.
Here are the best tweets from tonight’s episode of The Bachelor.
— sleepy xtina, m.ed (@barryp0tter) January 12, 2021
— liv (@livyeatman) January 12, 2021
— Lauren Jean Johnsen (she/her) (@words_by_ljj) January 12, 2021
— nich (@nick_ole96) January 12, 2021
— Taylor Eckert (@taylor_eckert) January 12, 2021
— tsto (@tsto_loff) January 12, 2021
Marylynn: *says 2-5 rational words in a calm, even toned voice*
The Queen: “this is too much for me I have to go”
— Ashley Burk (@TLAMashley) January 12, 2021
— Maggie Hafertepe (@maggiehafertepe) January 12, 2021
— Nicky Hatton Nickerson (@nickyhatts) January 12, 2021
— ⚡️P W I L K Z⚡️ (@pwilkz_) January 12, 2021
— Bachelor Tea (@thebachtea) January 12, 2021
— Melissa (@melissasprofile) January 12, 2021
— Stephanie Gaines (@SGaines00) January 12, 2021
— Niki Bell (@nicoletteholly) January 12, 2021
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