Fans of 'The Simpsons' threaten to boycott show after studio bosses remove episode featuring Michael Jackson from circulation
Fans of the world-renowned show, 'The Simpsons', are now threatening to boycott the series after studio bosses removed the Michael Jackson episode from their rotation. The decision comes after all the sexual abuse allegations were made against the late King of Pop in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. Jackson's estate has also spent a fair share of time denying all allegations against the singer.
Metro reported that the 1991 episode titled "Stark Raving Dad", which features the voice of Jackson as Leon Kompowsky — who is a man Homer Simpson meets in a mental institution with the belief that he is Jackson - is widely considered amongst fans around the world to be the most iconic from the early seasons of the show. The move to remove the episode has now caused fans threatening to boycott the show altogether.
One fan fiercely declared on microblogging site Twitter: "Never again will I watch another episode." A second said: "The Simpsons have had lots of problematic special guest voice stars. ‘Start pulling them all and they’ll lose most of the best episodes."
A third fan said: "The Simpsons may be the most cucked show of 2019. first they ruin the apu character, now they’re pulling the michael jackson ep from syndication. simpsons, you used to be cool…"
There were many other fans, however, who said that the show's bosses are making the right move by removing the episode, but were still heartbroken to see the "classic" go. One fan wrote: "I get why, but man that sucks! Classic episode with a classic song."
James L. Brooks, the executive producer of the show, creator Matt Groening, and showrunner Al Jean all decided to remove the episode from recirculation after they watched 'Leaving Neverland'.
The documentary features Wade Robson and James Safechuck talking about the disturbing allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal: "It feels clearly the only choice to make."
He added: "The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes – were of one mind on this. This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain."
The HBO documentary aired in the US on the network on March 3 and 4 night. Channel 4 aired the Dan Reed directed Leaving Neverland on March 6 and 7 in the UK. The Michael Jackson estate has denied all the allegations and have called them "character assassination". Jackson's nephew Taj claimed that his uncle was a "child at heart" and accused Wade Robson of "100% lying".
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Robson claimed in the last episode that Jackson sexually assaulted him shortly after he and Safechuck defended the singer in a civil lawsuit filed against him by 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, who had accused the 'King of Pop' of sexual abuse and molestation. The estate is also planning to sue the network for $100 million.