The Leaving Neverland documentary has really kicked a wrench into the Michael Jackson machine. The (highly gross) allegations made against the deceased pop star have tarnished what was left of his reputation and has led to lawsuits, Drake dropping MJ samples from his set lists, radio stations dropping MJ songs, and Corey Feldman deciding not to defend him anymore.Well the steaming ball of crap rolling down shit mountain is still building, as The Simpsons showrunner, Al Jean, has some words about the Michael Jackson episode that recently got axed from their reruns, specifically that he thought Michael was using it to “groom” boys.
The Daily Beast sat down with Al to talk all about The Simpsons’ 30 years on television and all that came along with it. It’s long, but of course the conversation eventually steered toward Michael Jackson. He appeared on the season 3 premiere called “Stark Raving Dad” which was also Al’s first episode as showrunner along with Mike Reiss. After the Leaving Neverland documentary, the decision was made to pull the episode from their line-up. Al was asked about that decision and he let it be known he was 100% for it:
“Yes. It wasn’t something that makes me happy. It’s something I agree with completely. 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. It wasn’t just a comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool. And I strongly believe that…. I don’t believe in going through and making judgments on every guest star and saying ‘this one was bad, that one was bad,’ but the episode itself has a false purpose, and that’s what I object to about it now.”
And what was this “false purpose” Al is referring to? Oh, just some casual child molester-grooming going on. In the episode Bart and Michael’s character write a song for Lisa, which–listening to after the documentary–sound questionable to some. Michael wrote the song himself.
“I think [the episode] was part of what he used to groom boys. I really don’t know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that’s what I think. And that makes me very, very sad… He did [write the song]. But I’d really not talk about it anymore because I don’t want to belabor it. It’s from the heart, on our part, and I think Jim [Brooks] put it really well. It’s not for any other reason that for what I just said, where if you watch the documentary and then you watch that episode, something’s amiss.”
Here’s the song if you want to look for hidden messages yourself:
The Simpsons may have wiped Michael from their television broadcasts but they do still have a birthday wish to Michael up on their Instagram:
It’s so fun to see my childhood crumbling at such a rapid rate. After we’re done ruining Michael Jackson and old The Simpsons episodes, lets all find out about the dark side of Pokémon (slave labor) and how Jumanji is actually about a pedophile who transformed himself into a mystical board game and abducts children.