March 27, 2024
Bart Goes Digital: 'The Simpsons' Explore NFTs and Crypto in Latest Episode
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Bart Goes Digital: ‘The Simpsons’ Explore NFTs and Crypto in Latest Episode

In a new episode of the long-running animated series “The Simpsons,” the iconic show has once again turned its satirical eye towards the world of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Airing on Sunday in the United States, the “Treehouse of Horror XXXIV” episode, titled “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token,” sees Bart Simpson accidentally “digitized” into an NFT, leading his mother, Marge, on a daring adventure in a blockchain-powered realm to rescue him.

The episode is laden with references to the world of NFTs, including nods to prominent NFT projects and artists such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Beeple. It doesn’t shy away from poking fun at the speculative nature of certain NFTs, with Homer initially distraught over Bart’s digital transformation but later elated by the eye-popping value of the Bart NFT, which was pegged at a staggering $1.5 million.

The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), one of the most well-known NFT projects, saw its floor price increase by 1.59% in the 24 hours following the episode’s airing, according to data from NFT Price Floor. Despite this uptick, BAYC remains a considerable distance from its peak prices. Similarly, the Mutant Ape Yacht Club experienced a modest 1.83% rise in its floor price.

This is not the first time “The Simpsons” has ventured into the realm of cryptocurrency and blockchain. In a 2020 episode titled “Frinkcoin” (Season 31, Episode 13), the show explained how blockchain and cryptocurrencies function. The episode featured Professor Frink introducing cryptocurrency to Lisa Simpson through the character of “TV’s most beloved scientist, Mr. Jim Parsons,” known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory.”

“The Simpsons” has a long history of addressing contemporary social and cultural trends through humor and satire. Its exploration of the crypto and NFT space reflects the increasing relevance of these topics in today’s world, as well as the broader mainstream awareness of blockchain technology and digital assets.

While the show’s take on the subject is undeniably comical, it also highlights the continued integration of crypto-related themes into popular culture and the ongoing discussions around the potential and risks associated with digital assets and NFTs. As crypto and NFTs become increasingly woven into the fabric of modern society, it seems “The Simpsons” is once again at the forefront of humorously dissecting the latest trends in a rapidly evolving world.


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