A famous animated television series, The Simpsons has predicted the current Russia-Ukraine crisis long before ago in a 1998 episode.
Following the tragic event that broke out on 24 Feb 2022, a Twitter user highlighted a 1998 episode titled Simpson Tide.
In it, Homer accidentally firing a submarine captain into Russian waters during a military exercise, prompting a newly resuscitated Soviet Union to deploy troops and tanks to the streets and instantly resurrect the Berlin Wall.
The Simpsons “very sad” prediction
Al Jean, the Simpsons showrunner, then addressed the parallels.
“Very sad to say this was not hard to predict,” he tweeted.
The showrunner told Hollywood reporter in an interview: “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.”
The long-running Fox cartoon has made headlines several times for seemingly predicting the future, but the majority of the scenarios are amusing and harmless, such as a Super Bowl matchup or the invention of FaceTime.
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