by Nicholas Pendergast
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? It is a question nearly as old as asking why the proverbial chicken crosses the road, and yet here we are with Lady Gaga and The Simpsons giving us all another reason to dig down deep to determine the meaning of coincidences like these.
The Super Bowl is the pinnacle for sports and pop entertainment by most standards. Super Bowl LI drew over 111 million people last night, and netted an additional 1.72 million through streaming app services. This massive number accounts to pretty much 1/3rd of the United States population. Where were you when Lady Gaga lept off of the top of NRG Stadium? If you’re Matt Groening, you were probably in a state of deja-vu.
In 2012 Mother Monster was a guest in an episode of The Simpsons, ‘Lisa Goes Gaga.’ In the final episode of season 23, Lady Gaga descends upon a concert wearing a harness and outfit very similar to the costume worn by Gaga at the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show. Although a flame spraying conical bra never made the cut for Gaga’s performance last night, practically everything else from The Simpsons episode did.
The Simpsons creator has probably had a number of circumstances over the years that have caused him to question reality. It’s not the first time that people have claimed the cartoonist is prophet; Groening foretold the coming of President Trump back in 2000.
There are several smaller Simpsons predictions that you can track down throughout the Internet.
In a separate episode, The Simpsons created a lighting drone effect in the skyline over a stadium. It turns out Super Bowl LI’s Halftime Show was a splicing of those two Groening moments, with some patriotic salt thrown in to bond Americans together over this dark period in time. Gaga opened up with a fascinating and very touching rendition of “God Bless America” from the top of the dome with the entire Houston skyline at her back. 300 drones were used overhead by Intel to create a light show that would slowly form into an American flag.
Patriotic professionalism or patriotic prophecy?