People are convinced The Simpsons predicted Monkeypox

Anna Verdon

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People are convinced The Simpsons predicted Monkeypox

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The Simpsons fans have always speculated the show’s creators have a way of predicting the future.

From featuring smartwatches and video chat long before they had been invented, to depicting the entertainers Siegfried and Roy being attacked by their tiger, you can't deny the long-running cartoon seems to predict the future.

While you can argue it was only a matter of time before these things would have happened, there’s been some more scarily accurate predictions too.


In 1997 the cartoon predicted 2014’s Ebola outbreak and featured Lady Gaga performing at the Superbowl five years before it actually happened. The show even guessed that Donald Trump was going to become president.

Some also say The Simpsons foresaw the 9/11 terrorist attack.

But now people are convinced that The Simpsons predicted the current Monkeypox outbreak.

The World Health Organisation last month declared its highest alert over the outbreak after an upsurge in cases across 75 countries.

In the UK, there have been more than 2,000 cases reported alone.

The disease usually appears as a rash and is combined with other symptoms including fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and a severe lack of energy.

Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

Fans and conspiracy theorists have since been circulating The Simpson’s clip from season seven on social media, where Bart and Milhouse have contact with a monkey.

Sharing a video on TikTok one fan wrote: “This episode of the Simpsons aired in 2005 this show is known for its predictions.”

They titled the clip “Did the Simpsons predict monkeypox?”

Others shared their views on Twitter.

One person said: “I need to know what the writers of the Simpsons know that we don’t… they had a monkey pox episode in the early 2000s…”

Another wrote: “Not the Simpsons predicting the monkeypox.”

While another person shared an image of Homer covered in a rash and said: “The Simpsons never fail #monkeypox.”

However, others have put the rumours to bed and have said the image of Homer covered in a rash is from a separate episode – one where he has chickenpox.

Despite that though, during the episode where Bart has a monkey on his head, Milhouse ends up developing flu-like symptoms which he contracted from the creature.

The writers of The Simpsons have previously addressed their eerily accurate storylines.

Speaking in interviews compiled for YouTube channel Brut, the show’s creator, Matt Groening, said: "We take the most unlikely, ridiculous, stupid, impossible, never-will-happen joke, and then it turns out that our imaginations aren't that imaginative."

Writer and producer Al Jean added: "I think that if you have a bunch of people who are smart, who are trying to predict the future, if you throw enough darts, enough darts hit the dartboard.”

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Topics: Film & TV, The Simpsons, Health, Film and TV

Anna Verdon
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