Exactly 16 years ago on March 19, 2000, a Donald Trump presidency was predicted by an American comedy film which featured Trump as president of the United States, presiding over a broken economy.
But the presidency was not a bright outlook, according to the writer of the ‘Bart of the Future’ episode which was broadcast in 2000- it was meant as a warning to America.
The writer, Dan Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter that the election of the billionaire business mogul seemed like “the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."
In the episode, the adult Bart Simpson is shown a glimpse of his future, only to realize that he’s pretty much a loser while his sister Lisa becomes the first ‘straight female’ president of the US. Does this ring a bell in the current situation in the US?
Lisa in her capacity as the President calls a meeting in the Oval Office to assess the damage done by her predecessor- Trump.
"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says to her staff.
Although Greaney does not recall who exactly pitched the idea, he argues that Lisa comes in at the time when America is on the ropes, to save it from the condition left by the Trump presidency.
"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."
According to the writer who still works on the show as a consulting producer, fans did not appreciate the episode at the time due to the dark outlook for Bart. He, however, revealed that recently, he has gotten a lot of calls about the episode.
He is quick to point out that now that Trump is actually running for president, he sees that “in a much darker way,” adding that in the old days, he “seemed kind and lovable in a blowhard way.”
The Emmy-winning writer-producer also blames comedy and accepts collective blame for allowing a Trump to flourish as a candidate.
“I blame us — I blame the culture of comedy,” he tells Comic Riffs. He posits that such movies have “mocked the norms of decent behavior,” giving rise to an “anti-political establishment” candidate like Trump.
What are your thoughts on this prediction? In your own thoughts and judging from the current happenings in the US, do you think the vision is taking shape? If yes, what exactly do you postulate a Trump presidency will look like?
Here is a scene from the episode starting at 2:12 in the video.
Header image credit: The Simpsons (Web grab)