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Tory Conference Highlights: Johnson Blames Simpsons Creator For “Failing To Warn” Him About COVID-19

This week’s Conservative Party conference got off to an unexpected start when party leader, Boris

Johnson, accused Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening of “predicting” the coronavirus outbreak ahead of

its official discovery late last year. Mr Johnson, who declined to comment on his words, proceeded to

place the blame for the UK’s high number of infections, for which Johnson himself has been bearing

much of the criticism, squarely on the cartoon’s writers. The Prime Minister is quoted as calling

Groening “the harbinger of death” and naming Simpsons co-writer Al Jean, “feckless” and


When asked to explain his remarks, aides in Downing Street made the following comment: “The

Prime Minister, in liaison with the Culture Secretary and others concerned with public safety, has

evidence to suggest that the creators of The Simpsons had predicted this disaster up to five years

before it occurred, and failed to inform the public”.

Experts at University College London Department of Social and Political Science (UCLSP) believe

that Johnson’s accusations have come from the widely observed phenomenon researchers have termed

‘The Simpsons Effect’. The wildly popular animated sitcom has a mysterious habit of featuring fiction

that later becomes fact with great specificity, including the premiership of US President Donald

Trump and the results of the 1992 NFL Superbowl. Experts debate the validity of the concept,

although Johnson’s allies in the party insist his claims are based on solid evidence.

However, outcry on social media platforms dismissed Mr Johnson’s claims as ‘ridiculous’ and

‘random’, with many insisting that the Prime Minister was attempting to deflect blame from his

government and that there was ‘no evidence’ that this crisis had been predicted with any accuracy.

Commentators at the conference asked the PM what his planned next steps were and whether he

planned to pursue legal action against Mr Groening. Visibly flustered, Mr Johnson insisted that he

wanted justice for the British people and would do “everything in his power” to begin criminal

proceedings against “everyone involved” in The Simpsons.

He went on to assure everyone at the conference, in response to criticism from the Labour representative, that he was not attempting to deflect blame or attention away from himself. He feels “definitely a degree” of personal responsibility, but he does not want the “real culprit” to go unpunished.

It is unknown at this time whether the Prime Minister will be successful in his bid for legal

proceedings against Mr Groening.

By Lottie Goodger

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