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QAnon thinks something big is coming… because of an episode of The Simpsons

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A supporter holds up a large “Q” sign as he waits in line to see former President Donald Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

A conspiracy that “something big” is about to happen on Saturday September 24 has taken hold among Qanon supporters around the world, thanks in part to an episode of The Simpsons.

The conspiracy first surfaced on German QAnon Telegram channels earlier this month, when followers began spreading a video showing German lawmaker Friedrich Merz speaking before the Bundestag about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

In his speech, Merz speaks badly and says that everyone will remember where they were on September 24, instead of February 24, the date of the invasion of Ukraine. Merz was corrected in the official act of the Bundestagbut QAnon followers in Germany believed that they had seen Merz revealing a detail of a secret plan.

However, without any additional information, QAnon followers did not know what exactly was going to happen on the date in question. Soon, some intrepid researchers came up with a theory based on a single episode of The Simpsons.

A member of a German Telegram channel pointed out that in episode 9 of season 24 (9/24, September 24, got it?) of the animated show, the plot revolves around a group of trainers. In particular, the characters discuss WROL, or No Rule of Law, which is doomsday slang for the total collapse of society after a major catastrophe.

The episode also features an electromagnetic pulse device that QAnon supporters believe will usher in “10 Days of Darkness” and ultimately the return of former President Donald Trump to the Oval Office.

The Simpsons have a long history of somehow accurately predict the future, including the fact that Trump would become president. But to claim that the creators of the show predicted the end of the world and secretly pinpointed this prediction using a specific episode in a specific season is taking things to a whole new level.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the far-fetched nature of the conspiracy, the 9/24 claims spread outside of German QAnon and eventually reached the US.

The claim has been spread by major QAnon accounts on Telegram, YouTube, and Trump’s own platform, Truth Social. One of those who shared the claim was Juan O Savin, a QAnon influencer whose real name is Wayne Willott, who has deep connections to the far-right Republican candidates running for secretary of state positions in the November midterm elections.

To back up their wild speculation, followers pointed to other coincidences about the day. Like the fact that September 24 in the Gregorian calendar becomes September 11 in the Julian calendar. Others pointed out that it is the beginning of Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish New Year, although like many of the claims, this is incorrect as the holiday begins this year on the evening of September 25.

Everything from nuclear armageddon to a financial reset, widespread water poisoning and an armed revolution has been predicted by those who weave these conspiracies to their followers.

Last weekend, one of the speakers at the conspiracy-ridden Reawaken America conference series, where both of Trump’s sons have spoken in the past, told the audience that “the day of revenge” was a week away. , before adding: “we are going to see how it happens”.

The belief that “something” is coming has become increasingly prevalent in QAnon circles in recent weeks and months, as believers tire of being continually disappointed that Trump remains out of office. and President Joe Biden is in the White House.

“Not sure if anything will happen on the 24th, but ‘something’ is coming… I can feel it,” wrote a member of the QAnon-focused Great Awakening forum this week, sharing a sentiment held by many within the movement.

Supporters are increasingly convinced that their predictions will soon come true, encouraged by Trump’s apparent support for QAnon and recent events citing as really weird evidence that something happened like the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago and the death of the Queen.

But as this fervent belief has continued to grow, violence has also occurred. “Many in the QAnon scene are frustrated that the secret plan they so desired has yet to be seen in reality,” Josef Holnburger, co-director of CeMAS, a think tank specializing in right-wing extremism and conspiracy ideology, told VICE News. .

In the US alone, there has been a notable increase in violent activity related to QAnon conspiracies in recent weeks. Last week, a man in Michigan shot and killed his wife and shot and injured his daughter after being radicalized by QAnon conspiracies. In Pennsylvania, a gunman who had shared QAnon videos on Facebook entered a Dairy Queen and he threatened to “kill all Democrats.”

“Therefore, some people are taking the plan into their own hands and making death threats against those they identify as enemies,” Holnburger said.


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