In a highly-anticipated episode of “The Simpsons”, titled “Treehouse of Horror XXXIV”, the beloved animated series delved into the world of blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Marking a return to their comedic take on the crypto space, the show offered an engaging parody filled with references to renowned NFTs and artists.
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NFTs in the limelight
In the episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token”, which initially aired on Sunday in the United States, Bart Simpson finds himself “digitized” into an NFT. As Bart embarks on a digital adventure, his mother, Marge, delves into the blockchain-powered realm in a quest to rescue him.
“The Simpsons” didn’t hold back in referencing prominent NFTs and artists. Iconic names like the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Beeple were playfully incorporated into the storyline. The episode even took a humorous jab at the speculative nature of certain NFTs, depicting Homer initially distressed by Bart’s digital transformation, only to later revel in the staggering $1.5 million valuation of the Bart NFT.
NFT price movements: A real-world connection
The humorous episode had a tangible impact on some NFT markets. Notably, the floor price of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) experienced a 1.59% rise within the 24 hours following the episode’s airing, according to data from NFT Price Floor. However, it’s important to note that the floor price is still some distance away from its peak levels. The Mutant Ape Yacht Club’s floor price also saw a modest increase of 1.83%.
A recurring theme: The Simpsons and cryptocurrency
This isn’t the first time “The Simpsons” has ventured into the realm of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Back in 2020, in an episode titled “Frinkcoin” (S31, E13), the show provided an educational yet humorous explanation of how blockchain and cryptocurrencies function. Professor Frink introduced cryptocurrency to Lisa Simpson with a cameo appearance by Mr. Jim Parsons, widely known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory.”
As “The Simpsons” continues to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of popular culture, their playful yet insightful forays into the world of blockchain, NFTs, and cryptocurrency serve as both an entertaining spectacle and an educational touchpoint for viewers. The show’s ability to blend humor with real-world references highlights the enduring relevance of these emerging technologies and their influence on contemporary society.