An image of Groundskeeper Willie stood in front of the Capitol Building is going viral on Twitter, with people joking that The Simpsons made yet another historic prediction just two months into 2021.
Every time something big happens in the world, it seems that Matt Groening’s popular animated TV show, The Simpsons, had already predicted it. There’s been quite a few occasions where something that happened in the show has also happened in real life, and everyone’s getting a bit little bit freaked out by it.
For example, the show predicted that Donald Trump would become president, Disney would buy Fox, the US would beat Sweden for an Olympic gold medal in Curling, and even that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Now, people think that The Simpsons predicted the events that unfolded at the Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6th, after a photo of Groundskeeper Willie went viral on Twitter..
But is this photo even real?
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Internet users compare Groundskeeper Willie photo to protester
As photos of the US Capitol riot started spreading across Twitter, the internet developed an obsession with some more of the more uniquely dressed protesters. One that caught everyone’s attention was a man who was dressed as a Viking, wearing a horned fur helmet.
People then started comparing the photo to an image of Groundkeeper Willie from The Simpsons.
In the photo, Groundskeeper Willie is wearing a hat that’s almost identical to the one from the Capitol, and he even appears to be standing in front of an animated Capitol building.
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Disappointingly, The Simpson’s didn’t actually predict the Capitol riots, and the image (above) is fake.
There is no episode where Groundskeeper Willie wears Viking attire in front of the Capitol Building, and it was all just a social media hoax.
The image of Groundskeeper Willie was actually taken from The Simpsons ‘Tapped Out’ game and photoshopped onto a real The Simpsons scene which showed Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie standing in front of the Capitol.
The viking clothing has also been digitally edited on. So, much to everyone’s disappointment, The Simpson’s didn’t actually predict anything this time.
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Other The Simpsons’ predictions debunked
Even though the Capitol prediction was fake, there have been many other occasions that the show has managed to successfully predict the future, and it is pretty scary.
However, one of the show’s writers, Bill Oakley once explained exactly how and why it happens. In an interview with Comic Book, he said:
“There are very few cases where The Simpsons predicted something. It’s mainly just coincidence because the episodes are so old that history repeats itself. Most of these episodes are based on things that happened in the 60s, 70s or 80s that we knew about.”
So, the Simpsons’ predictions really aren’t that spectacular at all, it’s all just a coincidence.