Image of Diddy running from police on ‘The Simpsons’ is an AI creation | Fact check – USA TODAY

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The claim: Image shows ‘The Simpsons’ predicted police investigation of Diddy

A March 27 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) shows what looks like a Simpsons cartoon of a man in a pink suit running away from police. 

“The Simpsons never get it wrong,” reads the post’s caption.

The Facebook user and others in the comments identified the pink-suited character as rapper and music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, who is known for once wearing a pink suit.

The Facebook post was shared more than 1,000 times in a week.

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The image is fabricated with generative AI. “The Simpsons” did not predict Combs would be investigated by police, and the scene depicted is not from the show. The creator of the image and an expert in generative AI confirmed it is not genuine.

Blurry eyes are one detail to help spot a generated image

Combs is facing a series of civil lawsuits from people who accuse him of sexual assault and other misdeeds. On March 25, federal authorities raided homes associated with Combs in Miami and Los Angeles as part of an investigation into sex trafficking. 

Combs responded to the legal troubles in an Instagram post, writing, “Let me be absolutely clear: I did not do any of the awful things being alleged.” 

Although a former associate of Combs has been arrested, the rapper has not. He was seen outside of the Miami airport on March 25 and was spotted in South Florida in the days following.

Fact check: Images that show Diddy being arrested are AI creations

The notion that “The Simpsons” predicted the rapper’s legal troubles is false.

The image showing the man in the pink suit running from police was first shared on Facebook by DJ Skandalous, an artist, producer and DJ also known as Kevin Rivera.

Rivera told USA TODAY he created the image with AI and uses AI to create art on his social media pages. Rivera said he created the image as a joke and is surprised it got the exposure it did. Rivera updated his post to note that it was AI-generated.

Rivera said he enjoys making this type of art and feels that AI should not be frowned upon from an artistic standpoint. However, he said he understands how dangerous it can be. 

“The tool itself can be highly useful but also dangerous,” he said. “I do believe social media should give more features that can help add a small disclaimer to post about AI-generated images without suppressing reach.”

Rivera said he used Bing Image Creator to generate the picture by giving it a prompt of details based on Combs’ appearance. 

There are several signs the image is fabricated. For example, two of the policemen in the background have blurred eyes.

James O’Brien, professor of computer science for the University of California, Berkeley, told USA TODAY there are other clues in the image.

“The background officer to the far left has his mustache going in front of a person several feet away from him,” O’Brien said. “The officer to the far right is not chasing Diddy, rather he seems to be running alongside him. And the image resolution is better than nearly all the available fame captures from the Simpsons.”

“The Simpsons” has often been wrongly credited with predicting events. Former showrunner Bill Oakley addressed those claims in a 2020 interview with Reuters.

“I would say in general when people say ‘The Simpsons’ has predicted something, it is just that we were satirizing real-life events from years before, and because history keeps repeating, it just seems like we were predicting things,” Oakley said. 

USA TODAY has previously debunked false claims that “The Simpsons” have predicted events such as a solar superstorm in 2024, the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse, a claim which used another fabricated image to make it appear as if the prediction happened.  

The user who shared the image did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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