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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.
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
Episode “Homer Votes (2016)”
The Simpsons, episode 20, season 21
Nuclear warhead in the mobile game
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