When did The Simpsons predict George Floyd?

FOLLOWING the death of black man George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, images circulated social media suggesting that The Simpsons had predicted the incident.

The images included one of fictional character Chief Wiggum kneeling on a black man’s neck as Lisa Simpson stood behind holding a sign stating, “Justice for George.” 

Another image was a screen grab from the show of the Springfield Police Station in flames, supposedly predicting protesters lighting up a police station after Floyd’s death.

The claim that the popular animated TV show predicted Floyd’s death has been found to be false by Snopes, for multiple reasons. 

What episode did the Simpson predict George Floyd? 

There is no episode in which The Simpsons predicted Floyd’s death. 

On May 30, five days after Floyd died, Instagram user Yuri Pomo with the handle @yuripomo shared the image of Chief Wiggum kneeling on a black man as Lisa Simpson watched and held the sign. 

“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,” the Instagram user wrote in the caption.

“Imagine that, how would you feel? … Think about that deeply, and give yourself an answer, no need to add anything else!”

The image was not from any Simpsons episode, and appeared to have been created by Pomo, whose profile states he is an “artist who rose to fame by turning celebrities into characters inspired by the animated sitcom The Simpsons.”

The post is now blurred with the message “False Information” and “Reviewed by independent fact-checkers.” 

Did the Simpsons predict a Minneapolis police station being set on fire?

Besides the Chief Wiggum and Lisa Simpson image, a collage emerged of the Springfield police station ablaze in the show, with a photograph below it of a building on fire. 

The bottom photo was not a police precinct in Minneapolis—which was burned amid protests over Floyd’s death—but rather an unfinished affordable housing complex in Minneapolis. 

While the Springfield police station fire image did come from the show, it was unrelated to the protests around Floyd's death and police brutality.

What did they predict on August 27, 2020? 

While The Simpsons have accurately predicted the future more than a dozen times, the show did not predict the death of President Donald Trump on August 27, as rumored. 

A faked image of an animated Trump in a coffin spread on Twitter, but it did not come from the show. 

The date surfaced from some Tik Tok users and was linked to the faked image of Trump in the coffin. 

What else have they predicted?

The Simpsons, which debuted in 1989, has gained a reputation for predicting the future, and appears to have done so correctly in at least 18 instances. 

That includes predicting 19 years ago that Trump would one day be elected the president of the United States. 

In the 1990s, the show aired an episode in which Marge Simpson told an ill Bart Simpson to read a book titled, “Curious George and the Ebola Virus,” seemingly foreseeing the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

In 2012, The Simpsons showed Lady Gaga performing while hanging in the air, which she did at the Super Bowl halftime show five years later. 

More recently, fans claim that the show predicted actor Tom Hanks being diagnosed with the coronavirus and isolated, because he made a 2007 cameo appearance saying the American government lost credibility and said, “This is Tom Hanks saying if you see me in person, please, please leave me be.”

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