The creators of “The Simpsons” have decided to pull the 1991 episode that features the voice of Michael Jackson. The episode, “Stark Raving Dad” will be removed from circulation – on both television reruns and future DVD collections. The move comes after the release of a documentary that exposes the singer’s alleged pedophilia.
James L. Brooks, “Simpsons” executive producer, told The Wall Street Journal that he and two other creators of the show decided to pull the episode after watching “Leaving Neverland” on HBO. “The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this. It feels clearly the only choice to make.” He added: “I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.” The episode features the voice of Michael Jackson as Leon Kompowsky, a mental hospital patient. In the episode, Homer is mistaken for an anarchist and sent to a mental institution, where he shares a room with a man who claims to be Jackson.