The Simpsons have always gained popularity for the future-predicting episodes they produce. Their reputation and fan-following in the market place increased tremendously after Donald Trump won the elections, just as their episode had once predicted and showed.
But the recent claim suggests that the creator of the show Matt Groening along with the team of writers predicted George Floyd’s death in one of the Simpsons episodes along with the protests that are taking take place across several cities in the United States.
— Ayoade Gbenga (@ayoadegbenga21) June 1, 2020
Simpson’s is maddddd https://t.co/jFbKnxvKIc
— Glenn Eadie (@GlennEadie) June 2, 2020
— Hani ZAGHOUANE ⋆𝕆𝕗𝕗𝕚𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝⋆ (@ZaghouaneHani) June 5, 2020
Was George Floyd rwally killed that night…or days later? 1995 episode of The Simpsons has a George Floyd who was brutaluzed by police & he didnt die. pic.twitter.com/8A3QBw0ZtW
— The Baroness (@TheBaroness18) June 4, 2020
This image has been doing rounds on various social media platforms since June, 1. And it has been observed that the masses have also been believing in it. The number of shares and comments are trying to portray that the critically acclaimed show has accurately predicted the George Floyd chapter through its episode. This however is completely false.
The character of Chief Waggum strangling the Blackman with his foot and Lisa on the other hand standing with a placard stating “Justice for George” was a situation in the episode that occurred way back in the series of 1990. There also are images where the police station is seen catching fire. All these incidents in the form of pictures when put together, indicate that they are predicting the current situation of America – the case of George Floyd and the aftermath.
On closely looking at the picture where Lisa is holding the placard, you will notice that there is an artist’s name written at the bottom of the image.
As the name suggests, we went to check who “Yuri Pomo” is and found his profile on both Instagram as well as Twitter. On going through the profile we came across a similar post he created to spread awareness amongst masses related to George Floyd’s case. This proves that it is not a scene from the episode but a deliberately made picture for a good cause, however, spread with a false claim. The picture he created was to throw light on police brutality and was posted on May 30th, 2020.
You can view the original post here.
His caption added to the picture clearly states the reality of the same:
“Normally you’re used to see colorful and cheerful drawings from me, but since i’ve got quite a good audience, i’d like to use it as much as i can in the right way when the situation requires it, and bring something good, and useful with my drawings, and you guys know it.
Especially in this exact moment.
With this piece i’d like you to think deeply, Taking the chance to bring The Simpsons as an example for the cause. The Simpsons has always been everyone’s childhood, so the message will be clear and strong enough i suppose.
Imagine you’re sat with you daughter/son watching the Simpsons, and all of a sudden this scene happens in the show, as cruel as it has been, no jokes, no irony, nothing that the Simpsons normally has, and what it’s loved for. Imagine that, how would you feel? … Think about that deeply, and give yourself an answer, no need to add anything else! 🙏🏻”
Talking of the second picture where the police station is seen being burned down – that picture is taken from an episode of Simpsons which has been uploaded on Youtube. The image clearly has nothing to do with the current situation but has wrongly been shown in association with the protests taking place in the US.
A Youtube keyword research “‘The Simpsons Springfield Police Station Catching Fire” led us to the below-mentioned video: