There was a conspiracy theory online recently that the American cartoon The Simpsons predicted that Donald Trump would become the President of the United States back in 2000. We can easily find a collage online that compares footage of The Simpsons in 2000 and an actual photo of Trump in 2015. You may be amazed at how The Simpsons successfully made this prediction after looking at such photos, and it is reasonable for people to wonder about the conspiracy behind.
Some conspiracists in the US and Europe are calling this “Predictive Programming” as a mean to constrict the minds of the public. They propose that when conspiracists are executing a certain plan, making Trump to be the POTUS for instance, they would plant hidden messages within popular cultural products, so that when Trump actually becomes the POTUS, it would trigger what people have already seen as predictions and oppositions would reduce in turn.
Is the Trump prediction in The Simpsons an example of Predictive Programming then? From the evidences that I can gather, it is not. The Simpsons does not have the ability to correctly predict the election result in 2016.
The so-called footage of The Simpsons in 2000 is in fact from an episode aired in 2015 named Trumptastic Voyage. At that time, Trump has already declared his interest in running for the POTUS. Some people argued that the same footage was also shown in an episode named Bart to the Future in 2000, meaning it was predicted in 2000 that Trump would eventually enter the White House as the POTUS.
Image 2: (Trumptastic Voyage was aired in 2015)
I re-watched the entire episode of Bart to the Future and there was no such scenes of Trumptastic Voyage. If you are interested, here is a link to that episode.
The only scene that is related to Trump is at around 10:20, when Lisa, who had become the POTUS, criticised the previous government, led by Trump, of bankrupting the country. However, such imagery of Trump did not appear in Bart to the Future. Moreover, Dan Greaney, one of the writer of The Simpson, spoke in an interview in 2016 that, the decision to include Donald Trump in the animation was because of their prediction that the American society would become insane one day and it was fitting for Trump to act ac the POTUS in that crazy time.
Image 3: (Lisa as the President of the United States in Bart to the Future)
We can see that it was meant as a mockery for The Simpsons to include Trump. One episode before the election even teased Trump on his relation with Russia. Therefore, with the images gather from episodes in 2015, the so-called Prediction Programming does not stand. Also, doesn’t Lisa look more like Hillary Clinton in Bart to the Future?
The internet went into overdrive with the “Simpsons’ prediction” when such viewpoints started back when Trump started his election campaign. Trump merely used such conspiracy theories to boost his reputation by simply piecing together some odd images as a trick to turn around the original viewpoints of The Simpsons. Perhaps we are all too busy to look for the real truth, hence the truth continues to elude many of us.We have already moved into a self-constructed Matrix hastily before the conspiracists managed to construct one for us. That is the real saddening fact of this story.
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