People Think ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Coronavirus

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, TV
Published 31.01.20

Some People Think ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted The Coronavirus Outbreak As Well As Kobe Bryant’s Death.

It looks like The Simpsons have done it again and predicted something that none of us could have seen coming.

He says sarcastically…

Look, The Simpsons is a cultural phenomenon that deserves its place in the TV Hall Of Fame, but there’s not a single person that can convincingly argue that it should still be going.

It was incredible, it’s now a shadow of its former self and they should let go. Accept it and move on.

Credit where it’s due though, those yellow folk have been satirising real-life for 30 years, but the whole ‘The Simpsons predicted *insert real-life event* thing’ has gone too far.

And now, quite unsurprisingly, some people – and I really must emphasise ‘some’ – think Homer and co predicted the Coronavirus outbreak.

Did The Simpsons predict the Coronavirus outbreak?

In the 1993 episode, ‘Marge In Chains’, Springfield is hit with something called the “Osaka Flu,” which causes the Simpson family, and many residents of the town, to fall ill.

As a result of the flu, the entire town ends up in a state of panic, which some have likened to the spread of Coronavirus.

(Technically the Coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China and Osaka is in Japan, but who cares about facts these days anyway?)

In the episode there also happens to be a scene where a news reporter in a helicopter repeatedly says the phrase “going around and around,” which theorists claim is a direct reference Kobe Bryant’s tragic helicopter crash.

Two theories for the price of one.

Still, it’s captured social media’s attention and people think The Simpsons have been predicted the future once again.

However, some weren’t convinced:

I actually think the first frame – the one with Kent Brockman reading the news – is from a later series when he’s talking about ‘Apocalypse Meow’, but someone’s stuck the words ‘corona virus’ over it.

Again, though, who cares about the finer details when the tin hats are well and truly on?

So, did The Simpsons really predict the future, or have they just done so many thousands of storylines that occasionally one of them is bound to happen.

Probably the latter.

Sorry, conspiracy theorists.

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