Ted Cruz used ‘The Simpsons’ to make a political point. The head of the show says he’s wrong.

Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs by Michael Cavna by Michael Cavna Email the author February 22 Email the author Sen. Ted Cruz invoked “The Simpsons” on Thursday. (Fox TV) WHEN IT comes to how Republican leaders view “The Simpsons,” a lot has apparently changed in a quarter-century. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush took a dim view of the then-new Fox animated series, saying of his Republican ticket: “We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons.” On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, reportedly told the assemblage: “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson, and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.” To which “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean replies: “We’ve come up in the world.” Jean is speaking tongue fully in cheek, because he believes Cruz, a self-professed big “Simpsons” fan, is off base. (Cruz is the man who in 2016 ventured in pop-culture waters to compare then-candidate Donald Trump to the villainous Biff from “Back to the Future”; a year earlier, he notably botched a “Simpsons” quote.) On Thursday, according to the Hill, Cruz was responding to a question by the moderator, Federalist founder Ben Domenech, about a 1997 episode, titled “The Cartridge Family.” It pits Homer’s pro-gun stance against Lisa’s belief that the Second Amendment is a Revolutionary Continue Reading

‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Team USA Curling Would Beat Sweden for Gold, 8 Years later It Happened

The 2014 cover of Sports Illustrated became the gold standard for long-term projections of championship sports success. That particular cover predicted, correctly as it turns out, that the 2017 Astros would win the World Series. However, that three-year prediction has now been upended by the eight-year Nostradamus-like prediction given by…The Simpsons?That’s right, eight years ago Fox’s animated comedy predicted that the United States would beat Sweden for gold in Olympic curling. As predicted, last Friday, Team USA bested Sweden for the gold medal in Olympic curling. According to Deadline:In the episode titled “Boy Meets Curl,” Homer and Marge lead USA’s curling team to Olympic gold which is another notch on the Fox series’ belt when it comes to predicting events. Some say it’s a coincidence, but now in its 29th season, the show must have some sort of psychic friends network in the writers room. Other headline-making events they predicted include the Ebola outbreak, Greece’s economic problems, the Disney-Fox merger, the NSA spying scandal, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time performance, and even the Trump presidency. All these predictions are becoming too eerie. Al Jean, who has worked on The Simpsons as a writer and executive producer for 30 years, jumped on Twitter to celebrate the prediction: Now, if only The Simpsons could do an episode where Team USA hockey wins gold… Continue Reading

The Smpsons totally predicted team USA’s Olympic curling win against Sweden eight years ago

Team USA scored the prized gold medal in Olympic curling when the men’s team, led by skip John Shuster, defeated Sweden on Saturday. But it just so happens that The Simpsons predicted that exact outcome eight years ago. It turns out that an episode aired eight years ago was also spot on with Team USA’s triumph in curling. In “Boy Meets Curl,” the 12th episode from season 21, Marge and Homer joined a mixed doubles curling team. Even after Marge injures her shoulder, the team qualifies for gold, and defeats Team Sweden. Some of the details were a tad off. The third place teams turned out differently, and in real life it was the men’s team that won, while in the sitcom’s episode, it’s the mixed doubles team. Nevertheless, the storyline is uncanny and eerily on point. And this isn’t the first time “The Simpsons” has been harbinger of the future. In an episode aired 16 years ago called “Bart to the Future,” the animated comedy accurately predicted Donald Trump would win the election and become president of the United States of America. Who knows what other plot lines will come true. Stay tuned. Continue Reading

14 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos)

From Donald Trump's presidency to Disney buying Fox to U.S. winning Olympic gold in curling Rasha Ali, provided by Published 11:30 am, Sunday, February 25, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 14 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery “The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to the U.S. Winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Curling. Here are 14 times the long-running comedic series got it right. Lady Gaga On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode. 2016 Nobel Prize Winner Recommended Video: Now Playing: “The Simpsons” went after President Donald Trump in a new short posted on Twitter. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo (@mariamgaluppo) has more. Media: Veuer In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and sure enough, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize. Donald Trump Presidency 17 years ago in an episode titled “Bart to the Future” shows Lisa as president after Donald Trump apparently ruined the economy. Arnold Palmer On the 28th season premiere, the satirical series made an Arnold Palmer Joke … on the day that golfer Arnold Palmer died. Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny. “Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?” He was of course referring to the lemonade and iced tea drink mixture — which was named after the golfer. Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack In 1993, an Continue Reading

Why ‘The Simpsons’ can read the future

A few weeks ago, when Walt Disney Co. announced its $52.4 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox, lots of people took to Twitter to point out that the merger had been foretold almost two decades earlier, in a 1998 episode of the cartoon comedy show “The Simpsons.” This was far from the first case of a joke from “The Simpsons” coming true. In the March 2000 episode “Bart to the Future,” for example, newly inaugurated President Lisa Simpson complains that “we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” thus anticipating not only the presidency of Donald Trump but the now-almost-certain increase in federal deficits during his time in office (although in the “Simpsons” version, the budget problems were caused by overspending on school breakfasts and midnight basketball). There are many more such examples. There’s “Every time The Simpsons predicted the future — ranked in order of weirdness” from NME.com, which has 13 examples; “14 Times The Simpsons Accurately Predicted the Future” from Time; “15 times ‘The Simpsons’ accurately predicted the future” from Business Insider; “17 times ‘The Simpsons’ correctly predicted the future” from Syracuse.com; “21 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Bizarrely Predicted The Future” from BuzzFeed; “25 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future” from the Cheat Sheet; and “Disney buying Fox — and 29 other times real life has imitated The Simpsons” from The Telegraph. Can anybody give me 31? This is not because “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and his teams of writers through the decades are sinister geniuses. They are, of course, but the phenomenon of jokes coming uncannily true is not at all unique to “The Simpsons.” So at this time of year, when lots of people are making forecasts or looking Continue Reading

How Fox’s ‘The Simpsons’ ‘predicted’ the company’s sale to Disney — two decades ago

Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs by Michael Cavna by Michael Cavna Email the author December 14, 2017 Email the author Bart and “The Simpsons” prove right again. (FOX TV) YES, “THE SIMPSONS” even predicted its own future parentage. As part of the historic $54.2 billion Fox-Disney deal announced Thursday, such Fox animated series as “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” will soon be donning corporate Mouse Ears. But only the granddaddy of these Fox shows, “The Simpsons,” depicted the day that it would be owned by Disney. This morning, the longest-running prime-time show tweeted a throwback image to its 1998 episode “When You Wish Upon a Star,” in which beneath the Twentieth Century Fox logo can be glimpsed: “A division of Walt Disney Co.” #21stCenturyFox pic.twitter.com/AKpDF3DCYP— The Simpsons (@Simpsons_tweets) December 14, 2017 “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean then tweeted a cheeky follow-up, tweaking those who might make too much of this “prediction.” What the coincidence really reflects is how frequently Disney has provided great fodder for the show’s satire — whether “The Simpsons” is spoofing the “Beauty and the Beast” tune “Be My Guest” with “See My Vest”; parodying the first Mickey Mouse short with “Steamboat Itchy”; or making cryogenic jokes about the rumors regarding Walt Disney’s remains. Meanwhile, “Simpsons” co-creator James L. Brooks offered a fitting illustrated welcome to Mickey and friends: Simpsons say Continue Reading

‘The Simpsons’ parody Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton in satirical election ad

It's probably safe to say Homer and Marge Simpson won't be voting for Donald Trump. "The Simpsons" released a short satirical video mocking the two presidential candidates in this November's election — and the show's writers certainly didn't hold back in their parody of the bombastic Republican nominee. In the two-minute clip, Homer and Marge watch an ad spoofing Hillary Clinton's memorable "3 a.m. call" ad from the 2008 election as they try to decide who to cast their ballots for. The commercial begins with Bill Clinton answering an early morning phone call, only to dejectedly realize it was intended for Hillary. It then cuts over to Trump, who rejects an emergency phone call to fire off a tweet at Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He then picks up the phone and relays a series of wild demands. "Put my name on the Lincoln Memorial, make Chris Christie eat a worm just for laughs, disband NATO and make me some scrambled eggs in a gold plate," says Trump, who is in bed with a book titled "Great Speeches" written by "A. Hitler." He later gets another call to inform him that a Chinese fleet is advancing. "Just build another wall," he declares. "Yes! In the ocean, loser." After the ad concludes, Marge says she's made up her mind, with Homer asking if they're supposed to vote for Trump. Marge quickly expresses her disappointment and places the family dog in between them in bed. "And that's how I became a Democrat," Homer deadpans as the clip wraps up. It’s not the first time “The Simpsons” have fired a shot at Trump. They famously predicted he’d be president in the March 19, 2000 episode “Bart to the Future,” with the episode’s writer Dan Greaney later telling The Hollywood Reporter that it was “a warning to America.” Continue Reading

‘Simpsons’ writer on 2000 episode predicting Donald Trump presidency says he never expected ‘ugliness’ of mogul’s campaign

“The Simpsons” plotted a Donald Trump presidency exactly 16 years ago — but writers never could’ve predicted the “ugliness” of the hate-mongering mogul’s actual campaign, says the scribe who drafted the episode. “I wish it were the same Donald Trump,” Dan Greaney, 51, told the Daily News on Friday. “We were sure … it was going to be a disaster, but we didn’t think it was going to be this type of ugliness. I would have predicted that it would’ve been more fun.” NEW YORK ARTIST DRESSED AS TRUMP LETS YOU PUNCH HIM FOR $5 “The Donald Trump that we were writing about was kind of a lovable, over-the-top character and didn’t have this darkness,” he added. “There’s nothing in the episode about walls or rounding up Mexicans or Islamophobia.” The writers’ impression of Trump in 2000, he added, was a “flamboyant, comical real-estate developer.” “You would expect that he’d build giant monuments to himself, but you wouldn’t expect that the first thing would be a wall,” Greaney said. The throwaway bit on the sitcom’s “Bart to the Future” episode, which aired March 19, 2000, gives Bart Simpson a glimpse of his grim future. He ends up a deadbeat, but his resourceful little sister, Lisa Simpson, is America’s “first straight female President.” “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she tells her cabinet before learning the country has gone “broke.” The show doesn’t reveal much more of the disastrous Trump years, but Greaney says the scenario was meant to show “America’s darkest hour.” “The story purpose was that America went too far and now had to change direction,” he said. “Lisa comes in Continue Reading

From Sesame Street to Rudy in drag: 6 of the most ridiculous Donald Trump moments

Donald Trump, or his unabashed persona, is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. He was in a Bobby Brown music video and everyone is familiar with his reality show "The Apprentice." But there are more, so many more, occurrences of hilarious Trump appearances and mentions in pop culture. Here's a list of the 6 best: Sesame Street parodies Sesame Street is probably the last place to expect a parody of anyone, but it seems that even The Donald wasn’t safe from the characters on this long-running children’s show. First in 1988, the show featured a Muppet named Ronald Grump. Grump was a grouch who approached Oscar the Grouch about building "Grump Tower" on Oscar's property. Then, in 1994, Joe Pesci dressed up as another Ronald Grump for the "Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!" This incarnation of the garbage mogul gone mad has Grump trying to demolish Sesame Street to make room for Grump Tower. Finally, in 2005, at the height of "The Apprentice" fame, Sesame Street created Donald Grump, another Grouch. He has more trash than any Grouch in the world and is looking for an apprentice to help sort it all. Elmo eventually wins the apprenticeship, is instantly fired and then given one of Donald Grump's many hairpieces. All those junk food commercials Donald Trump has been a household name for decades, so it might be unfair to fault him for appearing as a spokesman in some absolutely ridiculous commercials. There was the time he seemed shocked at the ridiculous low price of $1 for McDonald's Big N' Tasty. Everyone's favorite purple blob, Grimace, also makes an appearance in the 2002 ad. Donald and Ivana Trump, who had recently divorced, made an appearance in a Pizza Hut commercial for the stuffed crust pizza. Continue Reading

Bolling: ‘O.J. Simpson Will End Up In Jail Again’

Record Low Favorability for Chuck Schumer... in New York? 'Silent Coup': Limbaugh Says DC Establishment Is 'Trying to Take Out' Trump Eric Bolling predicted that O.J. Simpson will return to prison again.A Carson City, Nev. parole board granted Simpson's release earlier Thursday.Bolling said the former Buffalo Bills running back is too much of a reckless person to abide by the strict limits of his parole."I'm very sure that O.J. Simpson will be in jail again," he said.He added that he was "blown away" that there will likely be people willing to offer Simpson money to be a part of their projects, like reality shows.Bolling pointed to Simpson's past as reason that the former gridiron star won't stay clean.He said he was reminded of photos of bruises on deceased ex-wife Nicole Brown's body, as well as pictures of him partying hard in Orlando prior to his latest trial."He's never shown the ability to stay away from that stuff," he said."[The courts] will pull him back in a second," Judge Jeanine Pirro added. Palin on McCain: 'If I Were Going to War, I'd Want Him Leading the Charge' Judge Nap: Looks Like Trump Is Trying to Get AG Sessions to Resign Continue Reading