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The Simpsons Dive into NFT Culture with Their Latest Episode

Simpsons The latest Halloween episode of "The Simpsons" included a segment satirizing the world of NFTs, and the Web3 community received it with great humor and a flurry of memes.This iconic cartoon, which first aired in December 1989, has a tradition of airing Halloween episodes with multiple mini-stories featuring up-to-the-minute references. This year's "Treehouse of
The latest Halloween episode of “The Simpsons” included a segment satirizing the world of NFTs, and the Web3 community received it with great humor and a flurry of memes.

This iconic cartoon, which first aired in December 1989, has a tradition of airing Halloween episodes with multiple mini-stories featuring up-to-the-minute references. This year’s “Treehouse of Horrors XXXIV” featured a story titled “Wild Barts Can’t be Token,” where Bart embarks on a blockchain adventure. In this segment, Bart steps into a scanner designed to digitize Springfield’s art collection.

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As Bart’s physical form gets converted into bits and bytes, he enters the blockchain and is immediately valued at a staggering $1.5 million, becoming the world’s first NFT of an actual human being.

A horrified Marge sets out to obtain a cryptographic key from three celebrities and ventures into the blockchain herself. She navigates through the “block train,” offering a humorous nod to “Snowpiercer,” the acclaimed anti-capitalist film by director Bong Joon-ho.

Without giving away any spoilers, this segment is filled with references to beloved NFT collections, including Beeple’s HUMAN ONE, Dmitri Cherniak’s Goose, Bored Apes, Cryptokitties, Doodles, Punks, and Nyan Cat.

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Surprisingly, the NFT community welcomed the episode, despite it poking fun at their world. In response, an artist named Rinaldo Russo released the “Springfield Punks” collection as a free mint, and it quickly gained popularity with a floor price of nearly 0.5 ETH.

The meme game in the NFT community has been robust, with members creating various Simpsons-themed memes. One notable example is a meme template where you can insert your favorite NFT, and it depicts Homer Simpson screaming at it.

NFT collectors are now speculating whether “The Simpsons” episode has caused a surge in NFT prices, with CryptoPunks exceeding a floor price of $90,000 on the same day. NFTbark, who previously handled PR for traditional firms, describes being featured on “The Simpsons” as a significant moment for the NFT community and its reputation.

In summary, “The Simpsons” aired an NFT-themed episode featuring popular collections and artworks like CryptoPunks, Ringers, XCOPY, and Beeple’s Human One. On the same day, a collection of 3,405 NFTs titled “Springfield Punks” saw a remarkable surge in value, inspired by the episode’s art presentation.

Wasif Shakir

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