When satire becomes reality: Nearly 100 Babylon Bee joke stories have come true

Nearly 100 joke titles turned prophecies at The Babylon Bee after the stories finally came true, the CEO of America’s largest right-leaning satire site told Fox News.

“The problem is not that our satire is too close to reality,” Seth Dillon told Fox News. “It’s that the truth is so close to satire, that’s why our jokes keep coming.”

The Bee maintains an ongoing list of its satirical titles that became true – or at least partially – stories after publication. Fulfilled prophecies cover a wide range of topics and include jokes about Democrats Republicans alike.

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“We have a schedule of about 100 jokes now that we’ve tracked them,” he said. “They have come true like prophecies rather than punch lines.”

The Bee published one article, “To Improve Public Perception, Kamala Harris Takes Potential Lessons From Hillary Clinton,” in July 2021. A month later, Axios reported A former Clinton adviser hosted a dinner with prominent Democratic women — including Clinton’s former spokeswoman — to discuss how to defend Vice President Kamala Harris from bad press.

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Who will learn the lessons of admiration from Hillary Clinton? Dillon asked. But a month later, there is a real story [Harris’] The staff reached out to Hillary’s staff to make her more likable.”

“We even did one about how Trump claimed he did more for Christianity than Jesus himself did, and that guy just went crazy,” Dillon said.

in 2021, Then President Trump “No one has done more for Christianity, or for evangelicals, or for religion than I have,” he said during an interview.

Dillon said Bee’s 2019 article“TRUMP: I DONE MORE FOR CHRISTIANITY THAN JESUS” was fact-checked and classified as false.

“And two years later, he actually said it,” Dillon told Fox News. “He said he’d done more for Christianity than anyone else in history. In fact, he’d done more for religion than anyone else in history.”

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon spoke to Fox News about the many jokes made by the site that later became reality.

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon spoke to Fox News about the many jokes made by the site that later became reality. (Fox News Digital)

In September 2022, it was released bee joked about the economy with the headline, “9 Reasons You Don’t Worry About Tank Economy.” Just two days later, The Washington Post ran the headline “Seven Ways The Recession Can Be Good For You Financially.”

Dillon added that sometimes it is difficult for his writers to come up with a solution spelling Because real news headlines actually read like jokes.

“There are stories out there all the time that come out on screen that are incredibly outrageous,” he said, “You know you’re not going to believe they’re true, and we’ve got to do a double take and see, is this a parody, is this story true?”

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“We live in really crazy times,” he added. “So yeah, there are so many times we’ve run into a headline, and we’re just at a loss for it.”

On February 3, 2023, the bee published the headline “Biden says he’ll shoot up a Chinese spy balloon as soon as he’s done with his spying.” another day, Biden declared that the balloon was dropped over the Atlantic Ocean after it had finished crossing the United States, arguing that he waited so as not to fall debris on civilians.

The Babylon Bee joked that President Biden would not drop the Chinese surveillance balloon until the espionage was done.  Then the president announced that the ball was hit after it crossed the country.

The Babylon Bee joked that President Biden would not drop the Chinese surveillance balloon until the espionage was done. Then the president announced that the ball was hit after it crossed the country. (Chad Fish via The Associated Press)

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“We made a joke during the pandemic about how sales of pants were down because everyone was working from home,” Dillon said, citing the example of March 2020. “This was a picture of a guy sitting there in his pink clothes, but he’s wearing a nice shirt, like his office.”

He continued, “The next day, there was a story about how Wal-Mart saw sales of T-shirts increase, but not bottoms.”

Dillon bought Bee in 2018 when it was a microblog. He first encountered it two years ago when he engaged his friend the address “The Holy Spirit is unable to move through the congregation as the fog machine crashes.”

“It was a funny inside joke you get if you know the church scientist, which I did because my dad is a pastor,” Dillon Ho. “It was inside jokes that were funny and witty, not cheesy comedy.”

According to Dillon, Bee gets 25 million page views per month, has tens of thousands of paid subscribers and over a million Youtube Participants.

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon spoke to Fox News Digital from CPAC Texas 2022 in Dallas.

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon spoke to Fox News Digital from CPAC Texas 2022 in Dallas. (Fox News Digital/Joseph Wolfson)

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Dillon said that Bee’s fans often share non-satirical and obscene headlines on Twitter using the hashtag “#NotTheBee”. She teased the idea of ​​launching a new website in 2020 covering true news that reads like a satire titled “Not the Bee.”

“You know, there should be a site dedicated to covering these specific crazy stories that should be satirical but somehow aren’t,” he said.

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