The Simpsons Predicted Lady Gaga's Halftime Performance Five Years Ago
Is The Simpsons the Nostradamus of our time?
The signs are seemingly abundant. Conspiracy theorists have maintained, for example, that the show foreshadowed the World Trade Center attacks. More recently, it was circulated on the internet that the show had predicted Donald Trump's presidency (according to Snopes, though, this is only partially true).
Now comes the latest display of the show's clairvoyance. As noted at Vulture, the show may have predicted the bonkers Super Bowl halftime show that Lady Gaga put on Sunday night. In "Lisa Goes Gaga," which aired about five years ago in 2012, Gaga drops by Springfield with intentions of boosting everyone's self-esteem (because it's just something she does, OK?).
At first glance, the Super Bowl comparisons aren't all that impressive, as the episode doesn't actually place Gaga at the Super Bowl (she's performing a concert on her tour). The details, however, are fairly intriguing. The biggest connection happens when, in the Simpsons episode, Gaga is suspended in midair and glides over her sea of admirers (not unlike what had happened at the halftime show, when she kicked off the set with a kind of Spider Man routine). Someone made a video comparison:
Also, Gaga gets behind the piano for a brief tune:
In a later concert in the episode, Gaga dons this spiky outfit, which bears some resemblance to the ones worn by her dancers at the halftime show:
And what's a show without light-wielding concert-goers?
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Another Gaga fan noted that, at one point in the Simpsons episode, a constellation of lights form the image of a cowboy hat, very similar to the one that Gaga's been sporting ever since the release of Joanne, her latest album.
Is it all a coincidence? Or does the show actually possess some kind of supernatural power?
In a 2016 episode, the show gave a nod at its own (supposed) talents. Bart, in the opening theme, writes "BEING RIGHT SUCKS" on the chalkboard over and over again; a clear reference to the Trump prediction. In Gaga's case, however, being right isn't all that bad.