Season 4′s “Marge in Chains,” an episode from the early ’90s, contains a illness known as the “Osaka Flu” making its method to Springfield in a field for a juicer and quickly infecting residents. Just lately, pictures from the episode have resurfaced on-line, with some manipulated to appear to be the episode predicted the coronavirus outbreak. In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, web trolls have additionally used the episode to unfold racist propaganda.
The episode’s co-writer, Invoice Oakley, lately spoke with THR, swiftly denouncing the memes.
“I don’t prefer it getting used for nefarious functions,” Oakley mentioned. “The concept anybody misappropriates it to make coronavirus appear to be an Asian plot is horrible. By way of making an attempt to position blame on Asia — I believe that’s gross.”
Oakley defined the thought for the episode got here from the 1968 Hong Kong influenza and was “simply purported to be a fast joke about how the flu obtained right here.”
The author mentioned the state of affairs was meant to be “absurd” and “cartoonish,” with the illness behaving in unrealistic methods. Within the episode, the virus lasts six to eight weeks within the juicer field throughout transport. It additionally flew round in clouds and stopped at a purple gentle.
Trolling memes apart, “The Simpsons” usually will get credit score for predicting occasions, with the whole lot from the finish of “Sport of Thrones” to Disney buying Fox to Donald Trump’s presidency apparently displaying up in episodes.
Oakley advised THR the present will get an excessive amount of credit score for its supposed premonitions. Any predictions are primarily coincidence, he mentioned, as a result of many of the episodes have been based mostly on issues that really occurred and “historical past repeats itself.”
Although, particularly within the case of “Sport of Thrones,” we wouldn’t doubt if the present secretly had Bran and his Three-Eyed Raven talents within the writers room.
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