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Did ‘The Simpsons’ Predict a Mass Shooting at a ‘Black Panther’ Movie Screening?
Rumors holding that the show ‘The Simpsons’ predicted that there would be a mass shooting at a screening of the movie “Black Panther” were based on a doctored image.
Popular animated television show ‘The Simpsons’ has gained a reputation for “predicting” the future over the years. Although we’d probably classify these predictions as coincidences (and have repeatedly noted that many of these predictions were actually hoaxes or misrepresented in some way), some internet users have come to see the show as some sort of window into the future.
So when rumors started circulating that the long-running show had predicted a mass shooting at a screening of the movie “Black Panther,” they were often accompanied by messages warning moviegoers to be careful or to even bring weapons to the theater:
This is not a genuine screenshot from The Simpsons.
For one, the geography in this still simply makes no logical sense. The bottom portion of the image features Ned Flanders looking down at a park. The image of the movie theater was shoehorned into this image, cutting off a bush and a field, in a way that simply isn’t plausible, even for the cartoon town of Springfield.
The image of Ned Flanders holding a sniper rifle did truly come from an episode of The Simpsons. However, Homer Simpson’s neighbor was not targeting moviegoers outside a screening of the movie Black Panther. This clip comes from the episode “Homer Loves Flanders,” which aired during the show’s 5th season in 1994, and featured Flanders fantasizing about killing Homer during a dream sequence: