‘The Simpsons’ Episode Starring Michael Jackson Is Being Pulled

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Published 08.03.19
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HBO’s Leaving Neverland was a damning look at the long-fought rumours aimed against Michael Jackson.

Interviewing people who said they were abused by the late pop star, the evidence seemed stacked against him and while of course nothing is confirmed, the allegations are getting harder and harder to turn a blind eye to.

In light of the alleged news, radio stations around the world have put a blanket ban on all of his music. However, it’s not just radio stations who have tried to phase out the singer, as it has been announced that the Simpsons episode featuring him – Stark Raving Dad –  will be pulled from television schedules.

The episode features Homer going to a psychiatric hospital where he has to share a room with a man who thinks he’s Michael Jackson, voiced by Michael Jackson. It’s meta.

The decision was made by longtime producer, James L. Brooks, alongside show creator Matt Groening and former show runner Al Jean.

Brooks explained:

It feels clearly the only choice to make,” saying that it was done to “show compassion for Mr. Jackson’s alleged victims.

The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behaviour.

This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain.

The Jackson estate is currently trying to sue HBO for $100 million. The two-part documentary first showed at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has since been shown on HBO and Channel 4.

It goes into graphic detail about the allegations made against Jackson, in regards to children under the age of 10 in the 1980s and 1990s.

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