The famous episode of The Simpsons featuring Michael Jackson has been excluded from the show’s catalogue available on the newly launched Disney+ streaming service.
The episode Stark Raving Dad featuring Jackson as the voice of Leon Kompowsky – a psychiatric hospital patient who ends up sharing a room with Homer Simpson.
The white, overweight Kompowsky tries to convince Homer that he is the late King of Pop, and is even seen singing ‘Billie Jean’ and showing off his legendary moonwalk dance moves. The episode ends with Kompowsky helping Bart compose a song as a birthday present to Lisa, before admitting that he knows he isn’t really Michael Jackson.
In the wake of the increased controversy surrounding the allegations of sexual abuse levelled against Jackson following the divisive documentary Leaving Neverland, it was announced earlier this year that the 1991 episode would be taken off and pulled from broadcast rotation – with showrunner Al Jean going as far to say that the late singer used his cameo “to groom young boys”.
Now, the opening episode of season three is not available with the rest of The Simpsons episodes on Disney’s new streaming service.