The Simpsons made headlines late last week when the show's creative team, including co-creator James L. Brooks drew the third move in succession "Strong Raving Dad" with guest star Michael Jackson from the air. The decision fell after many people at saw the staff of the Simpsons the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland which provided many more disturbing details about the alleged sexual abuse of boys by the late international pop Superstar Unveils
Well, showrunner Al Jean has explained a little bit more about their decision to The Simpsons have taken the Michael Jackson episode out of circulation, and she has a disturbing perspective.
Al Jean appeared with his wife and colleagues Simpsons writer Stephanie Gillis in South by Southwest. While the two answered many questions about their collaborative creative process on the show, the conversations inevitably turned into the Michael Jackson episode The Simpsons . This had Jean the motivation behind the decision to say:
"It was not something that makes me happy. I totally agree with that. What makes me sad is, if you look at this documentary – which I and some of us have done here – and you honestly see this episode, it looks like the episode of Michael Jackson was used for something other than that what we had intended. It was not just a comedy for him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I believe in it.
What is the purpose of the episode for Michael Jackson in his opinion? Jean put it in concrete terms:
"I think it was part of what he used to care for boys. I really do not know, and I should be very careful, because that's not something I know personally, but as far as I'm concerned, that's what I think. And that makes me very, very sad. "
Remember that these are all speculations of Jean. However, it is easy to see how Michael Jackson performed on The Simpsons during the height of his popularity, which would make him less intimidating and trustworthy, especially for young boys. Bart Simpson was an icon for 90's kids, so much so that they bought Butterfingers just because he was the chocolate bar mascot. So it's not a big leap in logic to understand why Jean sees a cartoon like The Simpsons be used to "clean boys".
Jean's decision does not help him either. The episode was written by him, meaning that he received royalties each time he aired. "Stark Raving Dad" was also one of the more popular and popular episodes of the series. But now it is polluted, and it is noble of Jean to take this kind of action after the revelations in Leaving Neverland even if it is based on allegations and speculation.
If you have not seen After leaving Neverland the two-part, four-hour documentary is now available at HBO. And if you want to visit The Simpsons Michael Jackson episode "Stark Raving Dad" again, you'll need to pick up the third season of the show on DVD (now at increased prices) since you've won I can not find it anymore on television or in download services.
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