Simpsons Did It...Created the Syrian Opposition?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Miscellaneous, Music
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:30 am


We don't usually delve too far into the political here at TR, but when it verges into sheer pop-culture inspired wackiness and goes crazy, sometimes it can be hard to resist. In this instance, reader GallenDugall passed along a hysterical clip from Egyptian TV in which the anchorwoman notes that the flag of the Syrian opposition - which did not yet exist - appears in that 2001 episode of The Simpsons featuring *NSYNC and the "Yvan eht NioJ" music video (I'd totally forgotten it was a pre-9/11 episode).

What seems obvious to me is that it's the flag of our then #1 Mid-East foe Iraq, with a slight color change for deniability. What seems obvious in Egypt, apparently, is that the U.S. created the Syrian opposition and their plans prematurely and subliminally leaked out in a cartoon show...that itself was making fun of subliminal messaging!

God damn, their version of our government sounds clever.

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