Animated comedy series has been wary of Donald Trump.
The emergence of Donald Trump as President of the US is seen as an unexpected result, going by the umpteen pre-poll surveys which had touted Hillary Clinton’s victory. But, 16 years ago, a popular animated TV series had predicted that Trump would become president.
The Simpsons, an animated comedy series in the US, in a Season 11 episode “Bart to the Future” broadcast in 2000, had predicted that Trump would become the president of the US.
In the episode, Homer’s daughter Lisa was pictured sitting in the Oval Office surrounded by advisers.
“We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she said.
Last year, Trump was mocked on the show when he announced his candidacy.
In March this year, writer Dan Greaney said that the 2000 episode of The Simpsons was a warning.
“It was a warning to America,” Greaney told Hollywood Reporter. “And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
He added: “What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that’s why we had Trump be president before her.”
Matt Groening, the creator of the show told The Guardian last month: “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but (Trump) was, of course, the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire.”
Trump was also featured in another episode of the show titled ‘Trumptastic Voyage’ in 2015. In a scene created to mock his appearance to announce his candidacy, Trump was pictured coming down an escalator with Homer Simpson while people behind film them.