“The Simpsons” predicted COVID-19 in 2010.
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A claim purporting that “The Simpsons” predicted COVID-19 in 2010 has recently gone viral online.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. “The Simpsons” did not predict the COVID-19 pandemic.
“House Cat Flu”
The circulating claim suggests that the fictional disease “House Cat Flu” from “The Simpsons” proves that the animation show has predicted the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fictional disease was featured in the episode titled “The Fool Monty,” which aired on November 21, 2010.
Misbar’s team thoroughly watched the episode and investigated its synopsis and found it completely unrelated to COVID-19.
In the episode, a group of television executives decide to use an epidemic of "House Cat Flu" as a scare tactic to make people watch more TV, which would eventually turn up their revenues.
Is COVID-19 a Scare Tactic?
An academic study conducted by Kristian Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, W. Ian Lipkin, Edward C. Holmes, and Robert F. Garry, concluded that COVID-19 was the result of a natural evolution and was not lab-made.