There has been a lot of talk about Oprah Winfrey possibly running for the country’s highest office in 2020. But did the “The Boondocks” predict in a scene that Winfrey would become president? Yes, a 2006 episode of the Cartoon Network series imagined Winfrey winning the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
What was the episode? In “Return of the King,” the creators included a shot of a newspaper headline reporting that the talk show host and entrepreneur had been elected president in 2020. That episode first aired on Jan. 15, 2006. Adult Swim programming block confirmed that the joke prediction was real:
Snopes reported that the “Return of the King” centered around an alternative history in which civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. emerged from a coma in 2000 instead of being killed. CNN noted that the episode is “far from a roses-and-rainbows revision of history” as it features a closing scene that suggests widespread social unrest in the unspecified future. The final scene goes like this:
“The White House and congress are receiving an unprecedented amount of calls from irate African-Americans,” a newscaster says in the ending montage of the episode, over images of black crowds protesting outside the White House.
And the revolution finally came,” a voice narrates, as police fire into the crowd.
Finally, the scene fades to the newspaper announcement of Oprah’s presidential victory.
“It’s fun to dream,” the voice concludes.
People have been semi-joking about Winfrey’s political future ever since Sunday night’s Golden Globes, when she gave a rousing speech to the assembled crowds. Unlike The Simpsons, though, which predicted the Trump presidency as a dark joke about America’s gradually sliding electoral standards, The Boondocks presents President Oprah as an aspirational idea.
Here are some reactions on social media to The Boondocks predicting an Oprah presidential win.
Can we please not have Boondocks actually be right and have Oprah in the White House?
I don’t want to hear the presidential speech end with “Everyone look under your seats, you now get a brand new car!!”
— Manga Odyssey (@Manga_Kamen) January 10, 2018
Those of us who read Neil Postmans book “Amusing Ourselves to Death” and who watched “the Boondocks” back in the day are not surprised about this Oprah 2020 bizness…
— Gus Hernandez (@GusHernandez_UX) January 10, 2018
y’all seriously talking about Oprah for president.
your imagination is limited to a Boondocks episode.
— Durags & Dialectics (@Hood_Biologist) January 9, 2018
In The Boondocks, Cantankerous Robert “Granddad” Freeman is the legal guardian of his grandsons, 10-year-old revolutionary Huey and 8-year-old Riley, a product of contemporary rap culture. After moving the family from Chicago’s South Side to the safety of suburban Woodcrest — aka the boondocks — Granddad hopes to ignore the grandkids and enjoy his golden years in peace. But the kids have different plans, torturing each other and provoking others in the neighborhood. No matter how wild they get, Huey and Riley are no match for the eccentric elderly man.
What do you think of The Boondocks predicting Winfrey as president in 2020? Do you think Winfrey will actually run for president? Would you voter for her? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: Shawn Rice