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“The Simpsons” predicting that there would be a mass shooting at a screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” is false. There is no truth to a doctored image allegedly showing that the long running FOX animated comedy of having imagined a scenario in one of its episodes where Ned Flanders shot at movie goers outside a screening of “Black Panther.” Rather, the image is a composite of two images.
“Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman is already receiving great reviews and is tracking to have a large box office for this President’s Day weekend. Now, in light of a recent tragedy in a Florida high school shooting and a past a mass shooting at a Colorado theater, someone created and shared a false image showing the “The Simpsons” predicting a mass shooting at a screening of “Black Panther.”
However, Snopes reported that this “screenshot” is not real. Clearly, the above image was poorly thrown together with the use of two different animation styles. While the bottom portion does indeed show an episode of “The Simpsons” the top portion does not. The real portion comes from the episode “Homer Loves Flanders” (video below) where Ned imagines killing Homer during a dream sequence.
Additionally, Snopes noted that the portion with the movie theater originated from a piece of clipart that had then been cropped, slightly distorted and had the words “Black Panther” added to it.
Nonetheless, some users on social media were fooled into believing that the above image was real and warned movie goers about attending “Black Panther.” The reason some were fooled is because “The Simpsons” have predicted some events that have happened. However, the animated show has also been falsely attributed with other predictions that it did not ever discuss like here and here.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake screenshot on social media.
take ya pistols to see Black Panther, the Simpsons ain’t missed yet pic.twitter.com/1KuR2fMJDe
— eastiopian. (@SteezyBra) February 15, 2018
Y’all be careful seeing #Blackpanther . The simpsons predicted a shooting at the movie , and they predictions been right for 20+ Years pic.twitter.com/haYsAbNzHh
— Billionaire Ransom (@YoungSosaV) February 16, 2018
The Simpsons are always right, they may have a planned shooting brewing pay attention to what they show us @federalreserve @realDonaldTrump #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/yJ1T1ez926
— Jasmine Williams (@kinkycoils_) February 15, 2018
So, there is no truth to a prediction from “The Simpsons” with regards to a mass shooting at a screening of “Black Panther.” Of course, something like this is serious so please avoid sharing it falsely as it can stir up fear and paranoia at a time when there is a serious issue with gun violence.
Marvel’s “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
“Black Panther” stars Boseman in the title role along with Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis.
What did you think of the doctored image showing “The Simpsons” allegedly predicting a mass shooting at a screening of “Black Panther”? Did you believe the doctored image or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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