Thursday, March 24, 2016

“The Simpsons” predicts presidency?

As life imitates art, why shouldn't the indecent brawl that is the 2016 presidential contest mimic the comedic classic “The Simpsons?” As the longest ongoing sitcom in television history, this generation-long laugh factory has lampooned every element of the American “nuclear” family. As an example of thematic depth, the buffoonishly lovable Dad, Homer, works as an incompetent donut-munching safety inspector for a decrepit nuclear power plant.  Turns out, this just-wholesome-enough comedic institution has moved into the unusual arena of political prescience.

Although Simpsons creators intended many Springfields, as art is a shared experience, the viewing audience fortuitously assumes the show's setting to be the heart-shaped Ohio (politically: so goes this state so goes the nation). Therefore, one marvels at the synchronicity that an obscure reference to a “future” Trump presidency—in a 2000 “Simpsons” episode—would reflect the most clownish and unconventional political landscape in modern times.

Has “The Simpsons” inadvertently forecast the course of America's political future? Interestingly, in that same episode, daughter Lisa, now grown, is a female U.S. president. Which ever way fate turns, the show will have mirrored an unlikely reality; and some segment of the population will be exclaiming stentorian Homer's famous frustrated catchphrase: D'oh! That much is certain.

Twitter: @DavidHunterblog

No comments:

Post a Comment