The Simpsons Predicted The Cancellation Of A Popular Musician?
The Simpsons predicted Bad Bunny getting frustrated and breaking a fan's phone in a short featuring Homer and Marge from 2021.
In a painful reminder that time inexorably marches ever onwards, there is chance that The Simpsons is older than most of the people reading this article. During the 33 years that the show has been on the air, what once seemed like funny asides and throw-away gags, have retroactively become highly accurate predictions. As the show’s official Twitter account points out, the writers did it again, accurately predicting Bad Bunny getting in trouble over breaking a fan’s cellphone (via TMZ).
Worldwide superstar Bad Bunny, the most streamed artist in the world for three straight years, and the most successful Spanish-speaking musician in history, is now in hot water with his very online fans over throwing a young woman’s phone into a river. According to the superstar, in a now-deleted Tweet, he threw the phone because the fan was not showing him “respect.” Allegedly, he would always appreciate a genuine interaction with a fan but a phone in his face makes him think they are looking for clout, and that is a mark of disrespect according to Bad Bunny, captured perfectly on The Simpsons, sort of.
The Simpsons characters were featured in a video short along with the music video for “Te Deseo Lo Mejor,” in which Homer is obsessed with his phone. Marge leaves her husband, ending up in the front row of a Bad Bunny concert, when the musician calls them up on stage and breaks Homer’s phone. Someone, somewhere, was well aware of the “Booker T” singer’s feelings regarding fans with cellphones.
Predictions from The Simpsons were considered cute when in 2012, they depicted Lady Gaga flying over the crowd at the Super Bowl followed by that happening five years later, a little scary with the unexpected election of Donald Trump to the Presidency in 2016, and shockingly accurate with Disney acquiring Fox in 2019. What used to be a cute meme has now reached the point where fans are trawling episodes for other fun insights into our future.
The Simpsons may not have included Bad Bunny in a regular episode, but assuming the Puerto Rican singer can recover from his phone throwing incident, it’s likely that he’ll appear at some point soon. 2022 was a break out year for the star, his latest album Un Verano Sin Ti, was the most streamed of the year, and is the first fully-Spanish language album to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Album. His supporting worldwide tour, with a pair of sold-out shows in legendary Yankee Stadium, was the top-earning tour of the year.
In addition, Bad Bunny made his major film debut in the Brad Pitt action film Bullet Train as The Wolf, a hitman out for revenge on the man that killed his wife. Earlier in the year, he made his return appearance to the WWE, officially entering the annual Royal Rumble event, performing a Canadian Destroyer on Matt Riddle and ultimately being eliminated by Brock Lesnar. Being immortalized in The Simpsons is usually a sign that a celebrity has “made it,” though in Bad Bunny’s case, it now alludes to an incident that the most popular performance artist in the world would like to forget.