In this instance, the world’s favourite cartoon show seems to have predicted a video from the President of the United States of America that features Tom Hanks, seemingly lending a bit of his celebrity credibility to the political message. You can watch it below:
You see, in The Simpsons Movie, released back in 2007, the animated version of Hanks explains to the residents of Springfield why they’ve been encased in a huge glass dome.
In the film, Hanks (voiced by the man himself) says: “Hello, I’m Tom Hanks. The US government has lost its credibility so it’s borrowing some of mine.”
Now, the Forrest Gump star has featured in a video publicising the work done by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in their first year in office.
The video intends to highlight a ‘recovering and resilient America’ as it attempts to rebuild following the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, Mr Biden’s presidential inauguration committee – who commissioned the video – said: “In recognition of the president’s first year in office, the Biden-Harris Presidential Inaugural Committee believed it was important to celebrate the strength and perseverance of the American people in the face of extraordinary adversity, just as we did a year ago today.
“Through the voices of those Americans — including some who participated in last year’s celebration — the video also highlights the progress that’s been made over the last year.”
“Simpsons” moment comes to life as #Biden turns to Tom Hanks to sell first year progress..— ALI (@Ali79473238Ali) January 21, 2022
President Joe Biden’s presidential inaugural committee is marking his first year in office by blasting out an ad featuring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks… pic.twitter.com/lsz33OG7X4
The video, which will be broadcast on US television networks reportedly at a cost of several million dollars, comes as Biden’s approval ratings have drooped in recent times.
That’s probably at least partially why he’s enlisted the ever-popular Hanks.
However, the similarity to The Simpsons hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Republican commentator Matt Whitlock said: “Oh my gosh it’s The Simpsons in real life."
Another prominent Republican said: “How out-of-touch are Democrats?
“They’re rolling out the Hollywood elite to tell struggling Americans that things are actually going well…”
Republican senator Ted Cruz piped up: “The Simpsons did it first.”
Another person tweeted: “Simpsons moment comes to life as #Biden turns to Tom Hanks to sell first year progress.
“President Joe Biden’s presidential inaugural committee is marking his first year in office by blasting out an ad featuring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks…”
That said, others have defended Biden’s video and the decision to use Hanks for it.
“Great video and who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?” said one.
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