Back in 2000, The Simpsons unknowingly predicted that Donald Trump would become President of the USA in the episode “Bart To The Future.” The producers of the show added a last minute response to their prophecy by placing what can be called a chalkboard gag that they posted on Twitter.
“It’s really disorienting and scary,” executive producer James L. Brooks told IndieWire last week. “I’ve experienced someone I don’t agree with becoming president, but I never had a moment where I believed that the country wasn’t going to be the same. I’m giving myself pep talks to not disappear into grief and disillusionment.”
Clip from “Bart From The Future”
Executive producer Al Jean elaborated to Variety Latino: “We were surprised like a lot of people. All I can say is to hope for the best but we will certainly make fun of whatever happens… It is crazy. There was the Trump one and there was another one that was nuts where we had a brochure that said New York on $9 a day and then the Twin Towers were next to the 9 so it looked like nine eleven. I don’t know what to tell you. These things are just nuts. I can’t explain it. We definitely think about the future [when writing]. We’re sort of like futurologists because we work so far ahead.”