IT’S OFFICIAL: The Simpsons have foretold killer bugs would strike the globe – in the form of the coronavirus, and ‘murder hornets’.
Bill Oakley, former writer for the hit show, has confirmed on Twitter “OK, fine I guess we did” predict 2020.
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Oakley was tweeted by one Simpsons fan: “S*** the simpsons really did predict 2020″, alongside a clip showing an invasion of killer bees hitting Springfield.
This was after the long-running show’s fans said they were convinced it had foretold the coronavirus pandemic in an episode that first aired in 1993.
The world’s largest hornet, an ugly two-inch killer dubbed the “Murder Hornet” with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state.
The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some people, is just now starting to emerge from winter hibernation.
It can sting through most beekeeper suits, deliver nearly seven times the amount of venom as a honey bee, and sting multiple times – hence its ‘Murder Hornet’ moniker.
Susan Cobey, a bee breeder at Washington State University, said: “They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face.”
Todd Murray, an entomologist and invasive species specialist, told the Associated Press: “It’s a shockingly large hornet.
“It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honey bees.”
At the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Simpsons fans were quick to draw similarities between the show’s creator Matt Groening’s episode to today’s killer global pandemic.
During the 1993 episode, everyone in Springfield was dying to get their hands on fancy blenders as juicing became a popular fad in the town.
One scene showed a factory worker in Japan coughing all over the blenders before they were shipped to the US.
In the episode, the virus – called the Osaka Flu – spread in America.
As a result, most of the residents in Springfield got ill as the Osaka Flu hit the town.
However, fans failed to note that the Osaka Flu fictionally originated in Japan, while the new coronavirus spread from Wuhan, China.
But in March, Reuters rejected claims about the 1993 Simpsons episode foretelling the coronavirus outbreak as “partly false”.
It said the “viral online theory online featuring four images from The Simpsons, have been shared thousands of times on social media”.
Most social media users who shared this theory “did so in good humor, however a minority have implied that the apparent prediction is further evidence of a media-led conspiracy.
“The Simpsons did not predict the new coronavirus outbreak, but about the fictional disease ‘Osaka Flu’,” the news agency added.
They were sourced from Episode 21 of Season 4 of the show, entitled “Marge in Chains” ( www.imdb.com/title/tt0701171/ ).
Bill Oakley, one of the two writers of the 1993 episode, described the claim to Reuters as a “stretch”, as the episode was based on other events that had already happened.
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He told Reuters: “I don’t specifically remember which viruses had been in the news in the decade before we wrote it but there were probably a few.
“The story was assigned to us by the showrunners Mike Reiss and Al Jean and they told us to read ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus which is what the entire first act is based on.
“I would say in general when people say The Simpsons has predicted something it is just that we were satirizing real life events from years before and because history keeps repeating it just SEEMS like we were predicting things”.