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The Simpsons Producer Slams Michael Jackson In Fresh ‘Grooming’ Claims

The scandal continues

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Michael Jackson The Simpsons

In the wake of The Simpsons pulling a classic episode starring Michael Jackson, one of the show’s producers claims the disgraced King of Pop used his cartoon cameo to seduce young boys.

With HBO’s Finding Neverland once again propelling Jackson allegations back into the limelight, producers Matt Groening, Al Jean, and James L. Brooks said they were left with “no other choice” than to pull Season 3’s “Stark Raving Dad”. Now, Jean is taking the news one step further and throwing his own allegations Jackson’s way.

Speaking to The Daily Bean, Jean claims Jackson used the episode to “groom boys”. Jean told the site, “What saddens me is, if you watch that documentary—which I did, and several of us here did—and you watch that episode, honestly, it looks like the episode was used by Michael Jackson for something other than what we’d intended it.”

Jean continued, “It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that. . . . It’s why I think removing it is appropriate.”

Michael Jackson The Simpsons
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The 1991 episode sees Homer committed to a psychiatric facility where he meets a man called Leon Kompowsky. Kompowsky genuinely believes he is Michael Jackson, leading to plenty of shenanigans and references to the “Bad” singer.

The heartwarming episode ends with Bart and MJ penning a tribute song to Lisa with the catchy “Happy Birthday Lisa” — written by Jackson. For years, contractual obligations meant that Jackson went uncredited for his performance, while the star’s singing voice was provided by impersonator Kipp Lennon.

Michael Jackson in The Simpsons
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Jean famously co-wrote “Stark Raving Dad” with Mike Reiss, with the episode being specifically created with Jackson in mind. The singer refused to commit to the episode until a read-through was done, but reportedly loved it and soon signed on the dotted line.

Reiterating it was “one of the most successful things I ever did,” Jean agreed that pulling “Stark Raving Dad” from syndication is “the right move.” He said he is disturbed that he believes the episode “was part of what he [Jackson] used to groom boys.”

There’s no denying the legacy of Jackson in pop culture and that “Stark Raving Dad” will always be one the most memorable Simpsons episodes of all time — perhaps even more so in light of the recent scandal.

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