Home Hoaxes No, The Simpsons Did NOT Predict President Trump’s ‘Glowing Orb’ Scene 15 Years Ago

No, The Simpsons Did NOT Predict President Trump’s ‘Glowing Orb’ Scene 15 Years Ago

by Brett M. Christensen

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A message, which is currently circulating via social media, suggests that a 15-year-old episode of animated TV series ‘The Simpsons”  predicted the now famous scene in which US President Trump laid hands on a “glowing orb” during his May 2017 trip to Saudi Arabia. 

The message features a screen shot from the supposed 2002 episode along with a news photograph of the real scene.  It includes the caption:

This Simpsons cartoon aired 15 years ago in 2002 the actual photo was taken last month…somebody explain this shit to me.


The Simpsons Trump Orb SceneBut, in fact, the explanation is quite straightforward albeit a lot less intriguing. The screenshot was not taken from a 15-year old The Simpsons episode and the show did not predict Trump’s orb touching antics at all.

Instead, it was taken from a new film posted on the official The Simpsons Facebook Page on May 27, 2017, several days after the orb event actually took place.

The orb scene appears as a picture on the wall about 6 seconds into  the short film:

This screenshot from the video shows another view of the orb scene:

Simpsons Trump Orb Scene

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