The creators of the popular series The Simpsons have decided not to broadcast the episode Stark Raving Dad anymore. In this episode Michael Jackson gives his voice to one of the characters and the makers, given the current circumstances around Jackson, do not choose to show the episode any longer. Variety reports this.
“This is the only choice we can make”
The episode, according to experts one of the most iconic Simpsons episodes ever, was made in 1991 as opening of the 3rd season. Although the rumors soon made it clear that Michael had participated in the program, he only admitted years later that he had actually recorded lyrics.
“This is the only choice we can make,” according to executive producer James L. Brooks across the Wall Street Journal. “The men I work with, Matt Groening and Al Jean, fully agree with me, this was a no-brainer.”
Jackson’s character in the episode was Leon Kompowsky, who meets Homer Simpson in a psychiatric institution. Homer then takes him home: a tall, white man who claims to be Michael Jackson. “It was a good episode, which we keep nice memories in. I am against burning books, but this is our book and so we can make a chapter ourselves,” says Brooks.