Fact Check: The Simpsons Did NOT Predict The Horned Protester Who Stormed The Capitol

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: The Simpsons Did NOT Predict The Horned Protester Who Stormed The Capitol Fake Photo

Did "The Simpsons" predict the protester wearing viking horns who stormed the United States Capitol building? No, that's not true: A meme claims a Simpsons TV episode once showed the "Groundskeeper Willie" character dressed like the man in viking horns who was photographed inside the Capitol with insurrectionists on the afternoon of January 6, 2021. The image of the Simpsons animated character is fake, a spokesperson from the show confirmed to Lead Stories.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published by Facebook on January 7, 2021. It opened:

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This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Jan 8 04:08:16 2021 UTC)

Groundskeeper Willie was never dressed up like a right-wing protester on an episode of "The Simpsons." There are images of him in a similar stance with green pants and shirtless but he is not wearing horns with a fur hat and tattoos, the get-up "QAnon Shaman" Jake Angeli wore when he was with the crowd that broke into the capitol building,

"No, that is not from our show...we did not create that image," "The Simpsons" spokesperson Antonia Coffman told Lead Stories via email on January 7, 2021. "It was created by the internet."

Here is an expanded version of the meme that was posted on Twitter.

The photo appears to be a poorly photoshopped image of the Simpson family and Groundskeeper Willie in front of the Springfield capitol building.

In the fake image, Groundskeeper Willie appears to be dressed in clothing similar to Angeli.

This is a photograph of Groundskeeper Willie, sans shirt or fur.

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Here is in inside the Capitol building.

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Lead Stories debunked the claim that Angeli was an antifascist activist. In his own words, he is a pro-Trump supporter. He gave multiple interviews to the media about his support for Trump and spoke to the media after storming the capitol.

Another "Simpsons Predicts" meme that has gone viral after the Capitol was stormed shows Homer Simpson sitting on a roof in a burning city with the date January 20th, 2021. The image is real from "Treehouse of Horror XXXI" season 32, episode 4 that aired in October 2020. The date at the bottom of the picture is not. The storyline has Homer fail to vote and shrugged it off to his family, saying "What's the worst that could happen?" before showing Homer in the burning city.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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