“The Simpsons” is argued to offer concrete proof that the U.S. is behind the crisis in Syria and what called “Arab Spring” revolutions, according to an Egyptian TV station.
An AnAl-Tahrir TV anchor said the presence of a Syrian opposition flag in the 2001 “New Kids On The Block” episode confirmed the uprisings were part of a global American-run conspiracy.
Have a look at the video, courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute:
The so called “uprising” in Syria was potentially cooked up years before the Arab Spring, and an old episode of The Simpsons serves as evidence to some.
The host of Tahrir TV’s “In the Square” program, Rania Badawi, aired a 2001 cartoon clip in which Bart Simpson and friends take part in a music video called “Drop Da Bomb,” satirizing American boy bands and militarism.
AnAl-Tahrir TV reporter said the clip, which sees Bart Simpson and pals dropping bombs on Arabic-dressed men as part of a boy band music video, suggested the violence in Syria was premeditated.
“The flag was created before the events took place,” Badawi says, according to a translation by Washington D.C. research institute MEMRI, which specializes in identifying extremism in the Arabic press. “This raises many question marks about what happened in the Arab Spring revolutions and about when this global conspiracy began,” she adds.
The anchor does note that the theory emerged on social media. And like many a social media storm, the conspiracy is not supported by the facts.
“That’s why people are saying on Facebook that this is a conspiracy — in 2001, there was no such thing as the flag of the Syrian opposition.”
The anchor called the inclusion of the flag in an episode of the cartoon a mystery — “How it reached this animated video nobody knows, and this has aroused a debate on the social networks”.
As the New York Times explains, the Syrian opposition actually chose a flag that was adopted during the independence struggle against France in the 1930s. This historical detail was noted in Arabic coverage of the story a year ago when the conspiracy theory emerged, which Badawi seems to have missed.
“[The video] 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 is reported to have said.
Also, listening to the English-language original soundtrack reveals that the bombing run comes as the characters flying the fighter jets sing, in a romanticized ode to the United States military:
There’s trouble in a far-off nation.
Time to get in love formation.
Your love’s more deadly than Saddam.
That’s why I gotta drop da bomb!
In addition to the direct reference to Saddam Hussein in the lyrics, there is also the fact that the cartoon appears to show a United Nations soldier in a blue beret among the Arab fighters on the ground. Mr. Hussein, the Iraqi president, was in the news about two years before this “Simpsons” episode was created, when the United States bombed Iraq in late 1998, following a dispute over United Nations weapons inspections.
Strangely enough, the plot twist later in the “Simpsons” episode, “New Kids on the Block,” comes when a character discovers that the apparently nonsensical chorus to the pro-military song featured above (rendered in titles as “YVAN EHT NIOJ,”) is “Join the Navy” in reverse, and was intended to work as a form of subliminal advertising.