No, The Simpsons Did Not Predict George Floyd's Death And The Aftermath
The Simpsons drawing depicting police brutality is from an artist trying to raise awareness after George Floyd's death.
The Simpsons have been known to come up with episodes that seem to predict the future, including the election of Donald Trump as president.
But did The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and his team of writers predict George Floyd's death and the protests that followed afterwards?
Protests broke across several cities in the United States following the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, who died after being pinned to the ground by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Footage shot by witnesses showed a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, with his knee on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes as the latter stopped responding.
On 1 June, 2020 a bunch of images started doing the rounds on social media that made it seem as if the critically acclaimed show had accurately predicted the future again. The most popular image was of The Simpsons character Chief Clancy Wiggum, strangling a black man with his foot while Lisa Simpson has a 'Justice For George' protest placard. The claim is that it appeared in the series in the 1990s.
The producer of The Simpson was a demon. 90's Edition. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloydMurder #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/yV1KeOH8OF— Bobby 🦍 (@slay_jimmy) June 2, 2020
They predicted George Floyd's death on the Simpsons...coincidence? pic.twitter.com/oOx4W9HhlJ— Heba A. 🇵🇸🇺🇸 (@heebz101) June 1, 2020
These images when put together seemed to indicate that animated series had accurately predicted police brutality case like George Floyds' and the aftermath that followed.
The George Floyd project shown by the Simpsons...in the 90s@Urylle @tatendam82 @AlwawiFlatEarth @flat_earth8 pic.twitter.com/Iblx03olfO— Ayoade Gbenga (@ayoadegbenga21) June 1, 2020
A closer look at the image of Chief Wiggum and the black man shows an artist's signature at the bottom right side.
BOOM looked for 'Yuri Pomo' on Twitter and Instagram, and it turns out Pomo is an artist who created this cartoon depicting police brutality on May 30, 2020 to raise awareness about George Floyd's death. It is not a scene from The Simpsons.
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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! 🙏🏻 • • • • • • #noracism #georgefloyd #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ripgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd🙏🏾 #noracismo #equality #humanrights #art #artist #simpsons #simpson #thesimpsons #illustration #illustrationartists #digitalart #digitalillustration #yuripomo #cartoon #cartoonist #icantbreathe #blacklivesmatter #blacklives #blacklivesmatter✊🏾 #blacklivesmatters #racism #colinkaepernick #riots
There's an image of what appears to be the precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota that was set on fire that's juxtaposed with the Springfield police station ablaze. The 3rd Precinct of the Minneapolis police station was set on fire to protest George Floyd's death. BOOM could not independently verify if the building in the photo was that of the Precinct.
The next image is taken from an episode of The Simpsons. A YouTube search for the keywords 'The Simpsons Springfield Police Station Catching Fire' led us to find this clip:
This clip from The Simpsons season 11, episode 06, titled 'Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder.' The episode shows the Springfield police station on fire but is unrelated to a riot, or even a larger part of the episode. Homer is rushing to work and tries to take a few short cuts, so Chief officer Wiggum stops him and says 'Where's the fire?' to ask him what was the hurry in him driving rashly. Homer says, "Over there." and points to the Springfield police station on fire. There is no background of rioting or protests, and is, in fact, a short joke skit that The Simpsons is known for.
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