Michael Jackson fans furious as his controversial ‘Simpsons' episode is pulled by Disney+

14 November 2019, 12:46

Disney+ have removed an episode of 'The Simpsons' which featured Michael Jackson following the sexual abuse allegations made against him.
Disney+ have removed an episode of 'The Simpsons' which featured Michael Jackson following the sexual abuse allegations made against him. Picture: Getty/Fox

Disney's new streaming service has removed the episode featuring Michael Jackson.

An episode of 'The Simpsons' which featured Michael Jackson as a guest has been removed from Disney's new streaming service, Disney+.

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Disney+ launched in the US this week and includes previous seasons of the popular cartoon show, but the library is missing the episode featuring the controversial music icon.

Titled 'Stark Raving Dad', the opening episode of season three sees Jackson voice the character of Leon Kompowsky, a psychiatric hospital patient who shares a room with Homer, and later helps Bart write a song for Lisa.

Jackson appeared as Homer's fellow hospital patient Leon Kompowsky.
Jackson appeared as Homer's fellow hospital patient Leon Kompowsky. Picture: Fox/The Simpsons

The removal comes in light of the highly-publicised HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', which outlines a number of sexual misconduct claims made against Jackson.

The series saw Wade Robson and James Safechuck - two men who both spent time with Jackson during their childhood years - recount alleged memories of being sexually abused by the singer.

Fans of Jackson took to social media to express their disappointment in the removal of the episode.

"The guys I work with– where we all spend our lives arguing over jokes - were of one mind on this," said Simpsons producer James L Brooks back in March when the decision was made.

“It feels clearly the only choice to make. The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behaviour. I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter."

"This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain."

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