FAKE: Simpsons predicted Russia-Ukraine war

FAKE: Simpsons predicted Russia-Ukraine war

27 April 2022

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According to the information spread on the Internet, The Simpsons series allegedly predicted a Russia-Ukraine war in 2022. Social media users refer to two images: the first is Homer (the protagonist of The Simpsons) dressed in a Ukrainian military uniform and holding a Ukrainian flag, and in front of him is a man resembling Vladimir Putin in a T-shirt saying “USSR”; the second picture depicts a nuclear explosion, taking place on May 5, 2022.

Screenshot of the post shared on Facebook

However, these images have been edited, and there is no mention of the Russia-Ukraine war in The Simpsons.

Independent foreign fact-checkers from Correctiv and Reuters have already debunked this fake.

The first photo with Homer and Putin combines several images from different episodes of The Simpsons. A soldier in military uniform is the young Abraham Simpson, the father of Homer Simpson. Moreover, the uniform does not have any Ukrainian symbols, unlike claims in Facebook posts.

The Simpsons, episode 11, season 30

The image of Homer holding the flag was taken from the 8th episode of season 17. However, he held the American flag in the original, not the Ukrainian one.

The Simpsons, episode 8, season 17

Putin did appear in the series. It happened in a special short episode of “Homer Votes (2016)”. He wore a T-shirt saying “Red Sox”, the name of the American baseball team, not “USSR”.

Episode “Homer Votes (2016)”

The explosion shown in the second illustration took place in the 20th episode of the 21st season. However, it was the result of the detonation of radioactive waste, not a nuclear warhead.

The Simpsons, episode 20, season 21

The nuclear warhead mentioned in Facebook posts does not appear in the series. Instead, it appears as a decorative item in the mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Nuclear warhead in the mobile game


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