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As if The Simpsons didn’t predict enough events, the clairvoyant comedy is now credited with prophesying the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, whose much-publicized funeral took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Videos showing the series created by Matt Groening’s alleged death prognosis have garnered millions of views, leaving “Simpsons” fans wondering if they’ve done it again.
“The Simpsons did it again,” reads the caption for one of the clips on TikTok, which currently has over 16.8 million views.
The clip, posted by @Moviesandmemes46790 on Sept. 9, shows a scene from an episode of Season 4, Episode 15, entitled “The Regina Monologues,” in which Homer crashes into the Queen’s carriage, knocking her over. while the Simpsons vacation in London. At the end of the clip, the camera zooms in on a piece of paper that reads 9/8/2022 – the actual date of Her Majesty’s death.
While many “Simpsons” fans believed the show had done it again, other discerning viewers were quick to point out that the date had been edited and wasn’t actually in the original. In fact, the Queen never actually died in the episode.
“This date was never in the original. Nice try,” one skeptic sneered, while another wrote, “Yeah nice edit btw. Cheer up, but you missed a few frames there.”
In another clip depicting one of The Simpsons’ alleged royal death predictions, which has nearly 10 million views to its credit, a simpsonified Queen Elizabeth II can be seen lying in a coffin. Next to her is a plaque that reads “Elizabeth II: 1926-2022”.
The image fooled many die-hard “Simpsons” on Twitter, TikTok and Reddit before an investigation by social media sleuths concluded the video was a hoax, Newsweek reported. That scene was actually a Photoshopped image of a previously manipulated still that showed former US President Donald Trump lying in a coffin, according to the outlet — an image that never actually appeared on the show. In the TikTok clip mentioned above, Trump’s yellow double had been swapped for one of the Queen.
In all, the Queen has appeared in six episodes of The Simpsons, according to Politifact, none of which depict or even mention her death.
While this latest prediction may have been a hoax, the prophetic Fox cartoon has shown an uncanny talent for anticipating groundbreaking events.
In a more sinister example of their fortune-telling powers, the “Simpsons” were recently credited on social media with predicting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.