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The Simpsons showrunner thinks Michael Jackson used his episode to "groom" boys

The Simpsons showrunner thinks Michael Jackson used his episode to

When asked about Jackson's history with The Simpsons, which includes voicing New Jersey bricklayer Leon Kompowsky (who sings "Happy Birthday, Lisa") and providing back-up vocals for the 1990 novelty hit "Do the Bartman", showrunner Al Jean told the Daily Beast that although he's disappointed to see "Stark Raving Dad" go, "it's something I agree with completely".

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When The Daily Beast asked about Michael Jackson's role in penning the song, "Happy Birthday Lisa", Al Jean did not elaborate further, noting that the episode viewed from the perspective of the documentary feels odd.

"I think it was part of what he used to groom boys", he admitted.

The ads, which were financed by a crowdfunding campaign set up by Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson, feature the pop star's face with the word "innocent" over his mouth, along with the slogan: "Facts don't lie".

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"It wasn't just a comedy to him", Reiss said, "it was something that was used as a tool, and I strongly believe that". The episode has been removed from future airings.

The series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is particularly popular with boys, concerning showmakers that Jackson used it as a tool for his alleged insidious behaviour. He wasn't entirely a Cosby parody either, which is why I don't think anybody looks at the character now and says "Oh, that's Bill Cosby".

'The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior, ' Brooks told the Wall Street Journal.

"I actually haven't made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life", she wrote.

This isn't the first time an episode has been pulled. "Homer Simpson" was withdrawn from syndication for several years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, because the storyline involved Homer's auto stuck between the World Trade Centre Twin Towers.