“The Simpsons” predicts the world may one day tweet again


Sunday’s new episode of may have dropped another bold prediction about the future involving , his space rockets and his ownership of X (formerly Twitter), and viewers took notice.

The long-running animated show on Fox has been making predictions that have ended up coming true since the early 1990s, from the ebola virus to major network monopolies to Game of Thrones plot points and so much more in between.

Here’s the latest prognostication and what people have to say about it.

Making the prediction

Sunday marked the fourth episode of season 35 for The Simpsons called “Thirst Trap: A Corporate Love Story,” which was all one big parody documentary about a young college dropout CEO named Persephone — voiced by Elizabeth Banks — who personifies the “fake it until you make it” philosophy in Silicon Valley. She ends up charming Mr. Burns into funding her dream project and the pair get married.

At one point in the episode, he gives her “a little something special for her birthday” in the form of a card.

“A Twitter gift card?” she asks.

“No, I bought you Twitter, the whole company!” Burns says. “It was a bargain, the previous owner had to sell it after his self-driving Mars rocket crashed into the international space station.”

For good measure, that scene was immediately followed by one with Mr. Burns and Persephone being interviewed by media personality and Billions co-creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, who implied that under the new ownership, Mr. Burns had every negative Tweet about Persephone removed from the platform.

Banking the prediction

Viewers reacting on social media — Musk’s X to be more specific, and ironic — tInternational Space Stationook notice of the so-called prediction and put up posts to mark the occasion in case it does indeed happen.

Musk on The Simpsons

It’s not the first time that Musk has been referenced on the long-running hit show. He provided his voice for a 2015 episode for season 26 called “The Musk Who Fell to Earth.”

He’s also lent his voice to other hit animated series like South Park and Rick and Morty.

It’s too early to tell if this latest Simpsons prediction will join the ever-growing list of things that have indeed come to fruition or if it will fall in with the handful of notable predictions that haven’t come true. But one prediction that is a pretty safe bet: The Simpsons isn’t done making them.

The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.





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