The long-running and iconic television show “The Simpsons” made a playful commentary on the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in its latest annual Halloween special, known as “Treehouse of Horror.” This special episode returned to satirize the digital trend that has captured cultural attention.
In the episode, Marge embarks on an adventure through the blockchain to rescue Bart, who has been transformed into a living NFT by Homer. The first part of the episode, titled “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token,” features numerous references to NFTs and the highly hyped and often overpriced NFT market.
The show also highlights prominent NFTs, including the creations of Beeple and the Bored Ape Yacht Club, while contrasting them with lesser-known picture-for-proof collections (PFPs). This serves to illustrate the fluctuating value and speculation that characterizes the NFT market.
Homer humorously remarks, “Remember how we were always saying we wish Bart was less fungible,” as he displays Bart’s NFT value of $1.5 million. The episode cleverly satirizes the NFT phenomenon and its sometimes absurd valuations.
The Simpsons’ Journey with Crypto and NFTs
“The Simpsons” has a history of incorporating cryptocurrency and blockchain concepts into its episodes to engage with its audience and comment on contemporary trends.
In the 2020 episode “Frinkcoin,” featuring Jim Parsons, the show introduced the concepts of cryptocurrency and blockchain. In this episode, a distributed ledger sings the catchy line: “Each day I’m closer, to being the cash of the future. Not in your wallet, I’m in your computer!” This introduced the audience to the idea of blockchain technology.
In October 2022, in the episode “The King of Nice,” the show made a reference to NFTs. Krusty is depicted as having lost all his money in “NFTs,” which, in this context, stands for “Non-Funny TV shows.” This was a humorous nod to the world of NFTs and their speculative nature.
It’s interesting to note that there was a Homer Simpson meme coin (SIMPSON) that experienced a significant price increase, surging by 30,000% within a 24-hour period earlier in July. This demonstrates the continued influence of “The Simpsons” and its ability to impact cryptocurrency markets and trends.