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Fans Claim ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Astroworld Festival Tragedy

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Fans Claim ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Astroworld Festival Tragedy

The animated Nostradamus has done it again — or, at least, fan art has.

Fans of “The Simpsons” have pointed out yet another instance of the notoriously prophetic show apparently predicting the news years before it occurred, this time with the recent Astroworld tragedy. While aired episodes of the cartoon have previously been credited with anticipating everything from Sept. 11 to Roy Horn being mauled by a tiger, the parallels this time actually don’t have to do with the series itself, but with fan art of it.

A piece of “Simpsons”-inspired digital art depicting Lisa and Homer walking into a giant head similar to rapper Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” album cover and stage set has been circulating on Twitter with the caption “The Simpsons knew,” the Sun reported. The image, however, never appeared on “The Simpsons” and is, in fact, fan art from 2018, according to the publication.

Series devotees have found some other parallels in aired footage of the show, though, including a bit in which Marge, stuck in traffic, sees a sign reading “Roofi concert 5 miles” and exclaims, “Huh! This concert is oversold. It’s as if a music promoter acted unscrupulously.”

“The Simpsons has done it again #AstroWorld,” one keen observer captioned a tweet of the clip.

Another parallel — which has gone particularly viral in videos laying it out on TikTok — occurs in a 1992 episode of “The Simpsons” in which Homer holds up a copy of the fake publication World Weekly News, comparing it to promotional art of Scott that went viral the day before the fatal Astroworld concert. The real-life Weekly World News has also famously featured a humanoid creature named Bat Boy with its jaw agape.

At least eight people have died since a crowd crush broke out at Scott’s Astroworld festival in Texas on Nov. 5. A mass of concertgoers at Houston’s NRG Park “began to compress” to the front of the stage at around 9:15 p.m., obstructing people’s breathing and causing them to lose consciousness. Three hundred people were treated at the site, including 11 people in cardiac arrest, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters early Saturday.

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