By Erica Abbott
A meme purportedly predicting President Donald Trump’s viral glowing orb photo in Saudi Arabia is fake. While numerous internet rumors have claimed that “The Simpsons” have magical fortune-telling powers, the glowing orb meme is just another example of the animated series spoofing an event that has already happened.
According to Snopes, the fake meme made its way around social media in the days following Trump’s meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last month. “This Simpsons cartoon aired 15 years ago in 2002 the actual photo was taken last month…somebody explain this shit to me,” the captions reads. Those who were unaware that “The Simpsons” clip did not actually air 15 years ago were mystified by the false comparison image, which garnered more than 16,000 shares.
As can be seen below, the photo of the world leaders touching the glowing orb is real and was taken May 21, 2017, in Saudi Arabia. According to the New York Times, the photo was snapped at the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. And while the internet had plenty of theories as to what the glowing orb represented, its meaning was actually very simple: “Its purpose appeared to be decorative,” the Times reported.
— Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) May 21, 2017
“The Simpsons” video, on the other hand, did not air 15 years before the eerie photo was taken, but rather five days after the photo was taken. The video posted to “The Simpsons” Facebook page has been viewed more than 4 million times and parodies Trump, who asks the ghost of Richard Nixon for advice about former FBI Director James Comey. In the first few seconds of the video, the photo of Trump touching the glowing orb can be seen hanging on the wall. The animated series was simply spoofing the real-life event, not predicting it since the photo had already been taken at the time of the video’s debut.
This is far from the first time the internet has falsely claimed that “The Simpsons” magically predicted something. Other fake memes have claimed that “The Simpsons” predicted Trump’s presidency, foretold the president’s death and anticipated the outcome of Super Bowl 51. There was no truth to any of the prediction memes, though the show did partially foretell Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake meme on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Meme about “The Simpsons” Predicting Trump’s Glowing Orb Photo
The simpsons been warning us pic.twitter.com/0gFvdcpm8o
— MMD (@GGEDLO) June 2, 2017
Do you find this strange trump with the King of Saudi at a opening of a orb centre simpsons the same can’t find out when cartoon came out ? pic.twitter.com/CIdvT0AZv5
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