In the episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Token,” which recently aired in the United States, Bart Simpson finds himself transformed into a digital NFT. As Bart embarks on a digital adventure, his mother, Marge, enters the blockchain-powered world to rescue him.
“The Simpsons” didn’t shy away from referencing prominent NFTs and artists, playfully weaving iconic names like the Bored Ape Yacht Club and Beeple into the storyline. The episode even humorously pokes fun at the speculative nature of certain NFTs, with Homer initially distressed by Bart’s digital transformation but later celebrating the staggering $1.5 million valuation of the Bart NFT.
This comical episode had a tangible impact on certain NFT markets. Notably, the floor price of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) witnessed a 1.59% increase within 24 hours of the episode’s airing, as reported by NFT Price Floor. However, it’s essential to remember 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%.
This isn’t the first time “The Simpsons” has explored the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. In 2020, in an episode titled “Frinkcoin” (S31, E13), the show offered an educational yet humorous explanation of how blockchain and cryptocurrencies work. 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 ventures 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 underscores the enduring relevance of these emerging technologies and their influence on contemporary society.