Simpsons Showrunner Suspects Michael Jackson Used Show To 'Groom Boys'

Angelo Anderson
March 15, 2019

The show's chief creative team, including showrunner Al Jean, chose to pull the 1991 season opener "Stark Raving Dad", which features Jackson, after seeing the new documentary "Leaving Neverland" and realizing the late singer may have used the appearance for nefarious purposes, reported The Daily Beast.

"Just watched Michael Jackson leaving Neverland can honestly say don't believe a single word, just look at the reactions of their faces, tells a different story to what they are accusing him of, so hope people don't believe this crap". "It was something that was used as a tool, and I strongly believe that", Reiss explained to The Daily Beast. It's why I think removing it is appropriate.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jean said he believes part of the reason Jackson agreed to appear on "The Simpsons" is because the show appealed to a young demographic and therefore could be used to help Jackson groom boys.

Taking things even a step further, he stressed his stance by adding that the episode "was part of what he [Jackson] used to groom boys". Meanwhile, Bart promises Lisa that he will get her the best birthday present ever.

Showrunners announced the episode would be pulled amid renewed interest in Jackson following the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" which featured alleged victims opening up about the abuse they suffered at the hands of the musician. "I don't believe in going through and making judgements on every guest star and saying "this one was bad, that one was bad", but the episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now".

When The Daily Beast asked about Michael Jackson's role in penning the song, "Happy Birthday Lisa", Al Jean did not elaborate further, noting that the episode viewed from the perspective of the documentary feels unusual. "Michael Jackson was and always will be 100% innocent of these false allegations".

Last week, The Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal that removing the episode "feels clearly the only choice to make". "And that makes me very, very sad".

The producers and creators of The Simpsons have also chose to pull the famous episode in which Jackson made a guest appearance, Stark Raving Dad.

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