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The Simpsons Writers And Creators On How They Predict The Future

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The Simpsons Writers And Creators On How They Predict The Future

You might have noticed, but The Simpsons has done a pretty good job of predicting the future with eerie accuracy on a number of occasions.

From Kamala Harris' inauguration outfit, to Lady Gaga's Super Bowl show, and through to Donald Trump becoming president in the first place, they've called the show correctly countless times.

So, how on earth are they so prescient? Do they have a secret guide to our future, were they best mates with Bulgarian soothsayer Baba Vanga back in the day, or is it because they've got the world's longest running cartoon show, and they've covered just about every single topic?

Well, over the years, some of the minds behind the world's favourite yellow family have opened up about their remarkable ability to pre-empt world events that have yet to come to pass.

Credit: 20th Century Fox/PA
Credit: 20th Century Fox/PA

Speaking in a number of interviews compiled for YouTube channel Brut, they offered up their takes on the matter.

Creator Matt Groening said: "We take the most unlikely, ridiculous, stupid, impossible, never-will-happen joke, and then it turns out that our imaginations aren't that imaginative."

Writer and producer Al Jean added: " I think that if you have a bunch of people who are smart, who are trying to predict the future, if you throw enough darts, enough darts hit the dartboard.


"And, most of the things, I can just say - Trump actually, for example - was talking about running for president in 1999."

Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

"He wasn't the most ridiculous celebrity to forecast as a president, and we've had a few things like that.

"Like, Lady Gaga, people said 'oh you predicted her Super Bowl show' - well, that's because we copied her show for our show and then she did that show.


"So, it's sort of like, she stole our show that stole her show, you know, that's how it happens.

Jean's fellow writer and producer Matt Selman explained: "I guess if you just... every joke you make is 'what's the worst thing possible that could happen' eventually one of those things is going to come true, and it did.


Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Oops, indeed.

Well, after 639 episodes, they were bound to get something right, weren't they?

That seems to be the truth, rather than - as Jean put it - some 'booga booga' going on.

We can only wait and see what the future brings yet. Perhaps an ordinary man will go to space and smash an ant farm, or Australia will bring in 'the boot' as a form of punishment.


Far-fetched? Perhaps. Stranger things have happened, though.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: World News, TV and Film, US Entertainment, Weird

Tom Wood
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