The Simpsons, a critically acclaimed cartoon, is widely recognized for its wide range of entertainment from politics to pop culture. We saw how they predicted a pandemic and even the fact that Trump would be president almost 16 years ago.
Al Jean, the showrunner admitted that he felt “very sad” when he came across a clip from 1998 that is lining up with what is happening around the world currently. The showrunner explains that there are many kinds of predictions in the show and particularly the “Simpson Tide” episode shows that a character named Homer fires the captain of a nuclear submarine out of the vessel and into the Russian waters.
Al Jean added, “I hate to say it, but I was born in 1961, so 30 years of my life were lived with the spectre of the Soviet Union. So, to me, this is sadly more the norm than it is a prediction. We just figured things were going to go bad.” As the show continues, we see Russia revealing that the Soviet Union never really got dissolved.
The 61-year-old animator told The Hollywood Reporter, “In 1998 when this clip aired, it was maybe the zenith of U.S.-Russia relations. But ever since [Russian President Vladimir], Putin got in, almost everybody has made it clear that he’s a bad guy and bad things are going to happen.”
Al Jean shared, “There is the kind of prediction, where we reference something that has happened, happening again — we hope it wouldn’t, but sadly, it does,” He also added that the viewers might not get the original message of the episode but the show does address how the world is changing.
As reported by CNN on Friday morning, many countries have responded to Russia’s attack on Ukraine by implementing movements against Russia as soldiers invaded the capital, Kyiv.