‘Simpsons’ fans say old episode predicted Michelangelo’s David outrage
Fans of “The Simpsons” have once again noticed that the longtime cartoon series seemingly predicted real-life events years before they happened. that this time involving Michelangelo’s David.
A principal at a charter school in Tallahassee, Florida, resigned last week after parents complained about a Renaissance art lesson involving Michelangelo’s iconic, unclothed David statue — with one parent even calling it “pornographic.”
People have realized that situation is eerily similar to a 1990 episode of “The Simpsons” titled “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.”
In the episode, Marge forms an activist group called Springfieldians for Nonviolence, Understanding, and Helping to petition the creators of the cartoon “Itchy & Scratchy” to remove violence from their show.
But members of the organization later ask her to also lead a petition “against this abomination” that is the statue of David after it arrives in Springfield, as they feel he “graphically portrays parts of the human body which, practical as they may be, are evil.”
Marge then appears on an episode of the fictitious news program “Smartline” to discuss whether David is “a masterpiece or just some guy with his pants down.”
To her group’s dismay, Marge calls the statue a work of art and urges everyone in town to go see it.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to discuss the show’s 33-year-old prediction come to life.
“A reminder that the early years of The Simpsons sharply noted and satirized the moral panic of the right. Here they are 30 years ago talking about Michaelango’s David,” one user wrote.
“Normally I’m not all about the ‘Simpsons predict the future’ thing but this is like… spot f–king on,” another admitted.
“1990 episode of The Simpsons featured Michelangelo’s David. Children at home watched. Mine did anyway,” another shared.
“If you ask me, the real outrage about that Florida statue of David story is that the 2023 Writer’s Room is so out of new ideas that they’re stealing material from the Simpsons,” another theorized.
The episode unearthing is just the latest example in a string of previous prescient installments.
Last fall, Elon Musk gave credit to “The Simpsons” for predicting his Twitter takeover, and fans suggested that the animated classic forecast Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential run in a 2015 episode.
Other episodes seemingly predicted Queen Elizabeth’s death, as well as the short-lived tenure of British Prime Minister Liz Truss.