Fans of The Simpsons have always conjectured that the show’s producers have a talent for prophecy.
You can’t dispute the long-running cartoon appears to foretell the future—from showing smartwatches and video chat long before they were created to showing Siegfried and Roy being attacked by their tiger.
While it is possible to argue that these events were inevitable, there have also been some more startlingly correct predictions.
The Ebola outbreak of 2014 was foreseen in the cartoon from 1997, which also shows Lady Gaga singing at the Super Bowl five years before it actually occurred. Even the show predicted that Donald Trump would win the election for president.
Additionally, some claim that The Simpsons predicted the 9/11 terrorist attack.
However, many now believe that The Simpsons foresaw the current monkeypox pandemic.
Last month, the World Health Organization issued its highest alert about the outbreak due to an increase in cases across 75 countries.
More than 2,000 cases have been documented in the UK alone.
In addition to a rash, the illness frequently causes fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, and a significant loss of energy.
Since then, a Simpsons episode from season seven in which Bart and Milhouse interact with a monkey has been making the rounds on social media among fans and conspiracy theorists.
One user commented on a video they shared on TikTok, saying, “This Simpsons episode aired in 2005; this show is notorious for its forecasts.”
Did the Simpsons foresee the monkey pox? is how they captioned the video.
On Twitter, others expressed their opinions.
Someone once said: “I want to know what the Simpsons authors know that we don’t… The early 2000s saw a monkey pox outbreak there.
Not the Simpsons forecasting the monkeypox, another person commented.
Another individual posted a picture of Homer with a rash and the hashtag “monkeypox” below it.
I need to know what the writers of the simpson’s know that we don’t… they had a monkey pox episode in the early 2000s…
— MUSE (@themanthemuse) August 5, 2022
— ⚪️⚫️Jase Parker ⚫️⚪️ (@_FLY_JaE) August 7, 2022
Others, however, have put the rumors to rest and said that the picture of Homer sporting a rash is from a different episode in which he is suffering from chickenpox.
Despite this, Milhouse ends up getting the virus after being exposed to the monkey during the episode where Bart has a monkey on his head.
The Simpsons’ frighteningly realistic stories have already been addressed by the show’s creators.
The show’s creator, Matt Groening, remarked in interviews collected for the YouTube channel Brut: “We pick the most implausible, ludicrous, stupid, impossible, never-will-happen joke, and then it turns out that our imaginations aren’t that imaginative.”
“I think that if you have a group of brilliant people trying to forecast the future, if you toss enough darts, enough darts will hit the dartboard,” writer and producer Al Jean continued.