Saturday, 19 March 2016

Simpsons' Writer Who Predicted Trump Presidency in 2000: "It Was a Warning to America"

It was somewhat of a throwaway line at the time, but make no mistake, it was included very much on purpose.





The now infamous "Bart to the Future" episode of The Simpsons, which aired almost exactly 16 years ago, on March 19, 2000, predicted a Donald Trump presidency. The outlook was not bright. 
"It was a warning to America," writer Dan Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter.
He adds: "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."

In the episode, Bart is shown a vision of his life. As an adult, he is pretty much a loser. Lisa, on the other hand, becomes the first "straight female" president of the United States. Enter the possible prediction.
"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says to her staff, who inform her the country is broke due to her predecessor. In actuality, Trump will likely be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.
While Greaney — who still works on the show as a consulting producer — can't remember who exactly pitched the idea, even then, four years before The Apprentice would premiere, the line made sense, he says. 

"The important thing is that Lisa comes into the presidency when America is on the ropes and that is the condition left by the Trump presidency," Greaney tells THR. "What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that's why we had Trump be president before her."

The line is at 2:21 in the clip below.

Some fans did not like the episode at the time due to the dark outlook for Bart, but in recent months, Greaney — who always has been proud of "Bart to the Future" — has gotten a lot of calls about the episode thanks to the Trump line, he says.

"I am tickled we are getting all this attention, but I don't think it's going to trigger this well-awaited re-evaluation of my episode that I was hoping for," he says, laughing. "The Simpsons has always kind of embraced the over the top side of American culture … and [Trump] is just the fulfillment of that."

culled - hollywoodreporter.com

16 comments:

JAMES WIFE said...

Hmmmmmmmm
Gud for them

kemikane said...

Simpsons predicting ever since. Well na dem know. Let the best team win

That Jos girl said...

Hmmmmm




That Jos girl

Miss Ess said...

Americans worst nightmare lol

Charles White said...

Art imitating life

Anonymous said...

Na wa

Ajoke Ade said...

Okay

JSBunny said...

Trumps people saw the Simpson episode, liked it and had Trump mimic the exact settings in the cartoon to make it look like "that"!! Abegi!

PORTABLE viv the queen of this blog said...

Not interested

Anonymous said...

Simpson predicted Ebola too.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, saw this on cnn two days ago. Nice one

pax dimond said...

Nice.

PL THE GREAT said...

The September 11 attack was also illustrated before it happened. Most of these movie creators are actually geniuses with third eyes.

Mamalicious Nky said...

Hillary all the way.

Anonymous said...

Life imitating art.

kings11ng said...

The best way to predict the future is to create it