At this level “The Simpsons” are working rings round Nostradamus.
The 32-year-old animated comedy has as soon as once more shocked followers and thrilled on-line meme makers due to a decades-old scene that precisely predicted a contemporary information occasion — this time, Sen. Ted Cruz’s embarrassing mid-disaster jaunt to Cancun.
A 1993 episode of the Fox present titled “Marge in Chains” featured a scene displaying Springfield’s Mayor Joe Quimby broadcasting a press convention to tell his cartoon residents a couple of pandemic ravaging the Simpson clan’s hometown.
Because the Kennedy-sounding Quimby sends out his message to voters, nonetheless, it’s revealed that he’s really standing on a seashore within the Caribbean in a washing go well with, and solely standing in entrance of an workplace set whereas sporting simply the highest half of his go well with.
Equally, Sen. Cruz was prompted to problem an announcement claiming that he had flown to Cancun, Mexico this week to chaperone his household, however had each intention of returning to Texas instantly — the place almost 300,000 Texans have discovered themselves with out energy for a number of days throughout historic snow and ice storms this month.
To date, almost 50 folks have died from the extreme winter climate occasion.
Cruz later admitted it was “a mistake.”
“Absolutely this has been mentioned, however not abandoning your constituents to take a tropical trip is such a comically low bar that it’s actually a Simpsons gag,” wrote podcaster Jesse Brenneman.
“‘The Simpsons’ have executed it once more,” tweeted one fan alongside the episode clip in query.
That is hardly the primary time the present has proven an eerie potential to foreshadow future occasions.
There are maybe dozens of bygone premonitions dreamed up by “Simpsons” animators.
Most lately, it was Vice President Kamala Harris’ aubergine energy go well with, worn throughout the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, that reminded viewers of the time Lisa Simpson, whereas additionally sporting a purple three-piece, turned the primary feminine president of the US, in an episode that aired over 20 years in the past.
The identical episode additionally produced an early harbinger of the Donald Trump presidency, throughout which President Lisa Simpson complains that she’d “inherited fairly the price range crunch from President Trump.”