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  •  "The Simpsons" And The Syrian Conflict (11+ / 0-)

    Proving that tinfoil hat stupidity is a universal quality among the peoples of Earth, Egypt's al-Tahrir network has broadcast a report in which they cite an episode of The Simpsons as proof of United States intervention in Syria. The episode, 2001's  "New Kids on the Blecch," is one in which Bart, Nelson, Milhouse and Ralph form a boy band whose hit songs have subliminal messages about joining the navy. "New Kids on the Blecch" aired just months before the September 11 attacks, and The Hollywood Reporter notes that in subsequent broadcasts of the episode Fox censored some scenes as to not offend people that like to get offended by things in a fictional, animated TV program.

    However, al-Tahrir has gone the Fox News route and, citing such reputable sources as the cracked out theories of Facebook users, decided that Matt Groening, Mike Scully and all involved with The Simpsons broadcast a secret U.S. plan to destabilize the Middle-East on a television cartoon a decade before it happened.

    From The Hollywood Reporter: 'Simpsons' Episode Stirs Syrian Civil War Conspiracy Theories in Egypt

    Before showing the segment on air, al-Tahrir's anchor told viewers: "The video you are about to see shows animated figures dancing, flying airplanes and dropping bombs on what must be Syria because there are other animated figures below in Arab garb and the Syrian [opposition] flag appears on one of the vehicles."

    She then alleges that the video "suggests that what is happening in Syria today was premeditated" and that U.S. likely played a role, adding, "This was from 2001, before there was such a thing as the Syrian opposition."

    However, the Times of Israel has pointed out that the flag used by the Syrian opposition dates back to at least 1932. I guess because that particular piece of information was not trending on Facebook it wasn't newsworthy enough to be included in al-Tahrir's broadcast.

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