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‘Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean reacts to Russian-Ukrainian crisis prediction


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“The Simpsons” is one of the most beloved animated sitcoms of all time, but it’s often said to have predicted the future. As tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated following the Russian military operation, many claimed ‘The Simpsons’ was once again predicting a major event in 1998. Social media was flooded with such speculation, with netizens sharing snippets of the episodes. These messages also reached the “Simpsons” showrunner, Al Jean. Reacting to these messages, Jean described the situation as sad.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said a joke made 24 years ago is now a harsh reality that is “very sad”. problem for his hair in ‘Homer at the Bat’ and then there are predictions like this.”

“I hate to say it, but I was born in 1961, so 30 years of my life have been lived with the specter of the Soviet Union. So, for me, that’s sadly more the norm than a prediction. We have just thought things were going to go wrong,” he continued.

The moment, which is now believed to be a prediction, happened in the 1998 episode “Simpson Tide.” While on a nuclear submarine taking part in a military exercise, Homer unwittingly pulls the sub-captain out of the ship in Russian waters. Cut to Russia revealing that the Soviet Union never really dissolved; troops and tanks take to the streets as the Berlin Wall is instantly resurrected. Jean noted that the show was able to secure the rights to use “The Internationale” for the gag of the 1998 episode, so there was no backtracking.

“Historical aggression never really goes away, and you have to be super vigilant. In 1998, when this clip was released, it was perhaps the height of US-Russian relations. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin walked in, almost everyone made it clear he was a bad guy and bad things were going to happen,” Jean said.

“There’s the kind of prediction, where we’re referring to something that happened, that will happen again, we hope it doesn’t, but unfortunately it does,” Jean said, adding that the series will likely address how the world is changing, but viewers shouldn’t expect any specific reference to Russia and Ukraine.

The affable story of the titular family, which consists of middle-class couple Homer and Marge and their three children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, continues to touch the lives of many around the world, giving him earned a devoted following along the way. of the past 30 years. Also previously over the years, Fox’s long-running cartoon has repeatedly made the news for seemingly predicting the future. For the most part, the situations are humorous, like a Super Bowl game or the invention of FaceTime.

— with ANI inputs