No, George Floyd’s death and protests were not “foreseen” by The Simpsons

Was the protest inflated in the United States after George Floyd’s death on May 25, predicted by the Simpsons? This is what pretends screenshots have gone viral.Similarities between real-world events and scenes from episodes of the 31 seasons of the US animated series “The Simpsons” are regularly interpreted as “predictions”. Recently, so-called screenshots from the series have circulated massively on social media and incorrectly claimed that events such as Covid-19 pandemic, The death of basketball player Kobe Bryant or the meeting between Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg was already “written”.

And the death of George Floyd, a black American, when he was arrested by the Minneapolis White Police on May 25 and the protests that have taken place since then are also the subject of false prophecy.

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Publications shared hundreds of thousands of times, especially on Twitter, claims that the very scene of George Floyd’s arrest that led to his death is in the series (in some versions, the episode even goes back to the “1990s”).


But these two images were actually produced by two independent designers in response to the event – and not before. A reverse image search (see how to do it) allows you to find the original tweets for these two artists, which are actually used to publish Simpson’s hijackings, for example for caricatures or for Encourage respect for prison.

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Other images were shared alongside the alleged predictions of the arrest outcome to show that the protests and certain releases were also announced by the screenwriters for The Simpsons.

Minneapolis police station burned May 28 during protests. But as noted Snopes verification media, the photo of a burning building in some tweets has nothing to do with these events. These tweets make comparisons to a section of The Simpsons that does not show the Minneapolis police station as burning, but an adjoining building under construction. In addition, the fire at Springfield Police Station in Simpson City has nothing to do with the riots. The image is taken from a scene from episode 6 of season 11 where the police chief’s passivity is mocked while the building burns behind his back.

Without the similarity being sufficiently disturbing to speak of “prophecy,” the image of a crowd armed with torch and that of the white house cast in the dark is genuine. Respectfully from the movie The Simpsons, released in 2007 and froma April 2017 mini-section devoted to the beginning of Donald Trump’s mandate.