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October 11, 2009

Michael Jackson freaked out the 'Simpsons'

Posted: 12:09 AM ET

via Page Six

michael_jackson_2005_giMichael Jackson was the most famous guest star on "The Simpsons" - and also the strangest, even 16 years ago, says former Vanity Fair staffer John Ortved in his book on the much-beloved Fox cartoon series.

In "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History," the show's writers and producers detail just how bizarre it was working with the former King of Pop, who appeared on the 1991-1992 season as a bald, 400-pound mental patient who believes he's Michael Jackson while sharing a hospital room with Homer.

The crew did a rehearsal "at Jackson's manager's house, which was unheard of - we never left the studio - and it was a crazy environment where we were all served food by Sikhs in white robes and turbans," recalls writer Wallace Wolodarsky.

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Letta   October 11th, 2009 12:26 am ET

Hmmmm, here they go again. Always, looking for something to say about Michael. Was not aware that he was part of the Simpson show.
WOW

Love & Peace


Barbara   October 11th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I love The Simpsons-how come I didn't know about this?

DOH!

Love you Michael ☞ you da man!


Letta   October 11th, 2009 12:30 am ET

@mj

Do you mind sharing with your fans, about the simpson show. Why, was this not acknowledge? Did u enjoy doing this show? Please tell all.

Love & Peace


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Now that IS strange – my brother and I were just discussing tonight the episode of where Michael Jackson was a huge patient on the Simpsons. We were discussing the show and saying how everyone has been a guest.

Having said that, Page Six appears to just be the New York Post's gossip section, therefore I won't click Read More, don't want them to benefit from another hit to their website.


Lori Quebec Canada   October 11th, 2009 1:32 am ET

I saw the Simpsons where Michael was a huge patient they were good I like the Simpsons but Michael being on it made it even better.....


Stacey   October 11th, 2009 1:39 am ET

Michael was not strange just different.......... But what was strange that he was portrayed as a fat bald headed guy in a mental hospital.......


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 1:45 am ET

Stacey – hey, that's the Simpsons. and Michael chose to do it, so he probably thought it was funny.


Kat-Aust   October 11th, 2009 2:16 am ET

@Letta

Agree


marin-indonesia   October 11th, 2009 2:21 am ET

Michael's character doesn't bother me, but this article does. The freakiest momet? Couldn't stop thing about michael's nose? That is so not important to share in public. They will do it again and again.. Heartless and stupid. Ugh! I'm so angry.


still me just a new name   October 11th, 2009 2:35 am ET

Someone else out for their fifteen minutes of fame. I don't care what they say about Michael I will always be fan.


denise   October 11th, 2009 2:39 am ET

still me just a new name - I second your post


Lori Justice For Michael   October 11th, 2009 2:45 am ET

I remember this! 🙂

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL


Kat-Aust   October 11th, 2009 2:49 am ET

I haven't seen the episode, I had heard it was coming.....anything like this I won't watch (I don't like the Simpsons anyway).

@SMJANN & densie

Me too..


sabby   October 11th, 2009 2:55 am ET

Oh please, LEAVE HIM ALONE! Everyone's just jealous! No one can be in the same league as Michael Jackson! Love ya most Michael...xxx


Mila   October 11th, 2009 2:57 am ET

The way I read this story is this:

A bunch of losers got the time of their lives to come close to The King of Pop.
Gossip-read as they were they expected to see weird things so they looked at everything with eyes hungry for freakiness.
The first one of them found it strange that the Sikhs would wear their own cultural outfits in their presence (the Sikhs never ever leave their own homes without turbans – they believe they will offend God if they do).
The second one aparently had no other thought in the presence of Michael Jackson than that of his nose.
And the third one was hell-bent that no one should ever sing in the presence of Michael Jackson.

Now you tell me who were the freaks in this story ?


AJ   October 11th, 2009 3:36 am ET

Can CNN please cover the Real Stories of Michael Jackson. Al Sharpton made an excellent point at the memorial. He said "There was nothing strange about [Michael Jackson], it was strange what [he] had to deal with." He was an extraordinary man, and still is. There was nothing ever strange about Michael Jackson. The media only publishes biased news, and I thought CNN was news of and for the people, truthfully. I know that CNN can do a better job.

Can Fool a Real Fan of MJ.


Marin-indonesia   October 11th, 2009 5:04 am ET

@ mila: what a strong and great things to say. Two thumbs up!

I think since everybody in the universe know that Michael Jackson IS the greatest entertainer, some people tried to bash him with all of the freak,lunatic,weird story to drawn attention from public, and the bad news is lots of people buy it. That's why they won't stop making a bad assesment about MJ.
What was wrong with MJ anyway that make some people so cynical? Duh!


mjpyt   October 11th, 2009 5:16 am ET

The simpsons will be long forgot
Michael jackson will be remembered 4 ever
Cant you fill your rag leave mike alone
Just stop doggin him around heehee

LOVEU4EVER you rock my world


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 11th, 2009 6:21 am ET

Maybe **mj** got a telling off and won't come back.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 11th, 2009 6:25 am ET

The whole thing sounds freaky to me. No wonder he acted freaky.


Tunde,Hungary   October 11th, 2009 6:54 am ET

This is a disquasting report,and i defenetly not gonna by this stupid book,and i hope,nobody will!


Samantha - South Africa   October 11th, 2009 6:55 am ET

There we go again,another tabloid whore trying to make it seem like Michael was a 'freak' of some sort!!!

As far as Mike appearing on the Simpsons,I was aware of this and in fact,I watched that rerun a few years back and enjoyed it!!!


Susan62509   October 11th, 2009 7:08 am ET

Mila:

Great analysis. I laughed with tongue in cheek.


Tunde,Hungary   October 11th, 2009 7:27 am ET

Samantha,i dont think,peaples will by this book...


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 7:47 am ET

OK, I did not click on the Read More of this article since it came from the New York Post's Page Six which is just a tabloid rag.

However, some of you above have stated that the guy couldn't stop thinking about Michael's nose. Well Michael did the Simpsons around 1991. And the prosthetic nonsense hadn't come out yet to the best of my knowledge so....

This guy is lying if he says he was thinking about Michael's prosthetic nose.

If he was just wondering about his nose jobs at the time, I can't remember when the tabloids started flogging that dead horse.

And it is ridiculous – they find it strange that they have to get off their lazy a – – to leave the studio, now who is a diva? And this was at Michael's manager's house so what does that have to do with Michael?

Tabloid stories are really quite easy to pick apart , probably because they are written by people who are not interested in a real story, just quickly fabricated fiction.


chris   October 11th, 2009 7:52 am ET

@ Mary RM
I wish I would have done the same as you by refusing to click Read More.
@ Mila
The article, like you wrote, clearly illustrates the ones who are freaky.

Unconventional is NOT synonymous with freaky, odd, strange or weird!


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 8:00 am ET

chris – no point in clicking – it's just fiction. When I want fiction I pick up a novel.

And being lied to is a really big button for me. It shows a complete cowardice or lack of respect for the person who is saying the lie, their subject and the person it is addressed to. So I will not participate.


Raychil   October 11th, 2009 8:22 am ET

This article is beyond stupid. Who comes up with stuff lie this. Larry please choose your articles more carefully


ForAllTime   October 11th, 2009 8:40 am ET

@chris It's never something wrong with those who think and act "out of the box" and in a "unconventional" manner, they are either freaks nor odd, strange or weird. Think of all those great artists and scientists – just because they were able to see and think ahead of their time, they were – with almost no exception – all considered odd & weird.

Those who are actually acting "weird" are exactly those doing (although nobody asked them for) such classifications. Is their boring, ultra-conventional way of thinking (I am not even sure that the word "thinking" really applies inhere), their inability to understand, their incapacity to see the "new" and accept the "different" which leads to mobbing, inequity and bad treatment.

Never judge what you are not sure you properly understood ...

Everybody felt somehow entitled to pass his/her judgement on Michael, although most of those doing so did not understand a dime out of what they were actually doing (the herd effect, I guess ...)

Love and peace 🙂


Lora Ottawa Canada   October 11th, 2009 8:55 am ET

Good morning all!

Geez! do you believe this guy.....he says Michael was strange....I think he is the strange one.....instead of judging Michael by what he saw himself....it's as if he was judging him by what was being written about him.....why hide from Michael behind the script.....go out and meet him, talk to him, look into his eyes.....I am sure his comments about MJ would have been different!

What a creep! Get a life!

Enough said on this post LOL!


Patty Anderson   October 11th, 2009 9:11 am ET

I think these people writing these articles are the strange ones.
That comment is down right rude and disrespectful to Michael, but then again none of them ever cared about that.


mariau   October 11th, 2009 9:12 am ET

No matter what they said negative to Michael.. it seems to me Michael is the best and F_ _ K THE PRESS!!!
it won't bother me anymore.. Michael is always cute to me.. the sweetest person ever.. His being sweet critics thinks he was bizaare..

SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.. AND LOOK THEIR FACE ON THE MIRROR!!!


Patty Anderson   October 11th, 2009 9:16 am ET

This is for the person calling himself MJ. Heed the warning bub I'm out to get you.
TO you the person calling yourself MJ )MichaelJackson)

Since you continue to call yourself Michael Jackson and come to these blogs confusing every single fan on here that really loved and adored Michael
This is what I have done for you MJ.
I have sent an email to John Branca and Mclain letting them know you are here on these blogs and that you are alive. I have also sent emails to ET online and a few others so the next time you come to these blogs Mr Mj someone will be looking for your IP address and we are going to find out exactly who you are. Enough of your mind games.
If you are really Michael Jackson and you are alive than the worl has the right to know.
I am not gonna sit here and watch while you keep messing with peoples minds. You are confusing people you are doing harm to people that is a right you do not have no does!!!!
You are worried about Lynn and a little girl named Carol seeing more LIes. Well stop lying you fake.
You are not MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!
I and many others have had enough of your lies MJ.
My day is spent making sure you get caught today.
What you are doing is fraud and Identity theft. didn’t think of that did you Moran.
Since CNN is out of New York I think notifying the police dept is also a good Idea. You need top be stopped before you do serious damage to someone.

Today mj your game ends and I won’t stop until it does.


Emmy. Lalonde.   October 11th, 2009 9:35 am ET

Don't worry Michael, we always beleive on you. People are jealouse that's why always looking after any story about you even behind your passed. Those people has no heart or feelings at all, liked so much making sensation story for monaey. We ALL loved you that's much more important, and very pain enough that you Michael Jackson is really really GONE. May Lord blessed you and resting in peace. GBU


Cocovelvet   October 11th, 2009 9:46 am ET

Good day Patty Mariau and everybody in the blog, 🙂 🙂

I read this nonsense already yesterday afternoon in contactmusic.com and I couldn't help wondering whatelse all these MJ envyers are going to look more for. You know folks, sometimes I think these fools just wish they could have or could still take away that well-known exceptional nature that MJ always had during his life as well as in this moment, in a way to somehow inherit it for their selfish wellbeing.........but apparently that is not so in life. They know there will never be another one like MJ even if they could try buy it somewhere........

MARYRM,

I truely agree with you that what they stated with a prosthetic nose is such a BS misconception from their disturbed minds coz as much as I remember, MJ was looking his most wonderful and his nose was just quite normal like any other nose which could have had a great nose-job. I believe the time they are talking about is around that time of BAD , and I just love that look MJ had ; imagine him in that SPEED DEMON short film from his MOONWALKER DVD......... ooowwwwww !!!! I JUST CAN LOOK ALWAYS AT PHOTOS OF HIM DURING THAT TIME.......

Heee!!!Heee!!! ...probably they are sooo jealous of the way MJ looked that time........couldn't come any where closer to him. Let me see their pictures how they look like themselves before they judge MJ's looks first ; I am sure I'm gonna get a schreck.....


MourningMJ   October 11th, 2009 9:57 am ET

Good Morning Everyone..

I thought Michael was absolutely brillant in the Simpsons- of course one of the most watched Simpons episode ever (I believe they failed to mention that). CNN- come on... somebody's recollection of Michael's studio behavior 20 years ago? This is suppose to be credible journalism? Never will it change how much he is loved or how much we miss him.
ihmj xoxo


MourningMJ   October 11th, 2009 9:59 am ET

Also Good Morning..Everyone From Beautiful Canada-

Wishing you a very wonderful and restful holiday- Happy Thanksgiving Canada... God Bless you all, be safe and enjoy yourselves.
ihmj xoxo


MourningMJ   October 11th, 2009 10:02 am ET

@PATTY- Thank you again for defending Michael Jackson. We must continue to be his voice in his silence.

@COCO/MARIAU- Good Morning! Hope you are all doing well...
Coco- I wrote you a few posts, but it probably was lost in all of the mess (On conman's blog). Hope you are both doing well. Have a great day!

mariaU- Stay cute, as always....

@MARYRM- Have a great Thanksgiving Mary. Enjoy your family and the precious time you will have together...

ihmj xoxo


mariau   October 11th, 2009 10:04 am ET

COCOVELVET – finally i've found you.. heheheheh.. 🙂 missed you
yes.. they were just jealouse how gorgeous MJ was.. the cutest person on Earth..

Mourning MJ – how are you my dear??? smile for all us 🙂 🙂

Patty – very well my dearest.. your heart spoke to us..


Patty Anderson   October 11th, 2009 10:05 am ET

Hi MMJ hag.
I'm on a mission now and I won't back down


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 10:08 am ET

Cocovelvet
I doubt any one of them ever looked like Michael did in the Bad days.

I don't judge people by their looks, but I will criticize someone for bashing someone for them, I mean, how shallow and mindless can they be.

Yet they feel free to pass criticism and judgment, even though their names have not appeared on any beauty pageant lists – I mean, does John Ortved think he is so far above in the looks department? (You can google their images.) Probably not, but he obviously does not consider Michael a human being, a person who has a right to dignity and respect.


mariau   October 11th, 2009 10:10 am ET

Mary RM – ooh it's been long time.. how are you?? well said. 🙂 🙂


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 10:15 am ET

What do these guys have to say about Mick jagger and Keith Richards – I still say let them try this stuff with one of them, we'll see how long they keep their teeth


Brigida, Italy   October 11th, 2009 10:30 am ET

Well said MaryRM!
And what to say about others like Mickey Rourke or Stallone? And the list could go on and on...
Michael still at 50 looked good if compared to others and his inner beauty came out also in the worst days.

I saw the Simpson episode on youtube and it was ... hmmm.
Don't like the Simpsons but if Michael wanted to do this, think he found it a good idea and story to put the mirror also to media how they see/saw him.


Tunde,Hungary   October 11th, 2009 10:55 am ET

Hey ladis,are we making rate for this dumb article?


Brigida, Italy   October 11th, 2009 10:58 am ET

Dear Tunde, please don't think about this article. Just take it like a courtesy of Larry King and stuff to give us space to write due to the fact we are too busy for just one blog a day ^_____^
Waiting for a better topic anyway!


Tunde,Hungary   October 11th, 2009 11:02 am ET

OK Brigida!Anyway,thay will not sell this dumb books.


MaryRM   October 11th, 2009 11:22 am ET

and now for another spin on the story, one that is not filled with ridicule:

Michael Jackson was a fan of the show, and called Matt Groening one night and offered to do a guest spot. "Stark Raving Dad" first aired on September 19, 1991. In the episode, Homer is forced to wear a pink shirt to work one day and is mistaken for a "free thinking anarchist" and sent to a mental institution. He shares a room with a large white man who acts as if he were Michael Jackson.

Jackson guest stars as Leon Kompowsky's speaking voice, while his singing is provided by Kipp Lennon. For contractual reasons, Michael was credited as John Jay Smith, and his role in the episode was not officially confirmed until later.

According to executive producer Al Jean, Jackson would not commit to the episode until after a table read of the script was done. The read-through of the script was held at Jackson's manager's house, and Dan Castellaneta was thirty minutes late. Following the table read, Jackson stipulated his conditions: he would record his speaking parts but not receive credit, and his singing voice would be performed by a sound-alike.

Al Jean, Leon Kompowsky's singing voice was performed by Kipp Lennon, because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers and fool them into thinking the impersonator was him. Lennon recorded his lines at the same time as Michael Jackson, who found the impersonations hilarious. Jackson showed up for the recording session alone and did not use the special trailer that was set up for him.

Jackson was a huge fan of Bart and, wanting to give him a number one single, co-wrote the song "Do the Bartman" although he did not receive credit for it. Jackson also wrote the song "Happy Birthday Lisa" for the episode, which was later included in the album Songs in the Key of Springfield.

The New York Post is not the only media outlet and anyone with a brain can confirm or disprove their nonsense.


sherry   October 11th, 2009 11:50 am ET

Wow,,,,,,,,,,,,another bash michael story and I hate the simpsons show


Brigida, Italy   October 11th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

MaryRM
this one sounds way better 🙂


Cocovelvet   October 11th, 2009 12:14 pm ET

BRIGIDA,

I like that question of yours of what they think about others such as Stallone and Mickey Rourke..... and to think that nobody will continuosly slunder them like that about their looks. The two just look like plastic dolls which accidentally got caught in a blase of fire....... plastic surgery at its worst......


mariau   October 11th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

cOCO - as usual i agree with you.. i think they look a like a witch doll
don't they???


Brigida, Italy   October 11th, 2009 12:22 pm ET

Thanks Coco, I always remember Michael saying: plastic surgery wasn't only for him ; )

Have to go for a while, read you later!


mariau   October 11th, 2009 1:07 pm ET

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Recently I attended the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting held in Seattle. One of the topics of interest was the use of hypothermia to improve the outcome of patients after cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury. Since the neurological outcome of patients presenting after a cardiac arrest (whether in hospital or out in the field) is usually dismal, I thought this shall be a good topic for me to discuss here.

The brain needs oxygen to survive and does not do well if deprived of oxygen. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) occurs after cardiac arrest (the circulation of blood to the brain is interrupted when the heart stops beating as occurs in a cardiac arrest). If the circulatory flow is not rapidly reinstituted (meaning the heart is not restarted) irreversible neuronal death ensures. The usual scenario is as follows. A patient suffers an out of hospital cardiac arrest. A call goes out to 911. The EMS team is on the scene shortly. The patient is noted to be either in cardiac arrest (we call this asytole) or the heart is beating but ineffectively and there is no palpable pulse (we call this ventricular fibrillation). The heart is revived by either injecting drugs or shocking (with the help of a hand held defibrillator) and there is return of palpable pulse. Alls well you might say but the story is far from over!!!

Even though the heart has been revived the brain has taken a hit. During the time when the heart had stopped, there was a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain and irreversible neuronal death has occured. So we have a patient whose heart is now beating but the brain is dead. This patient may never make a meaningful neurological recovery. Some of these pateints end up in persistent vegetative state (PVS) or minimally conscious state (MCS).

By the time, I as a neurologist am called to see the patient, there is precious little I can do. The brain is already dead!!! I can just prognosticate and tell the family that their loved one shall never have a meaningful neurological recovery. In other words, I help them in deciding when to pull the plug!!! Nothing makes me feel more helpless. I did not enter neurology to prognosticate, I entered neurology and medicine to save a life and heal.

So that is why hypothermia for cardiac arrest sounds so promising. Recent studies have shown that if the brain is cooled (there are different ways to cool the brain from using high tech cooling blankets and beds to more primitive but equally effective techniques like bags of ice) to 32-34 degree centigrade for 12-24 hours following cardiac arrest, neuronal death does not occur. Till the heart is revived, the brain remains viable!!!

This research has led to the institution of a Brain Arrest Protocol in some big academic centers. Once a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest is received, hypothermia protocol is immediately instituted. This has resulted in improved survival rates in these critically ill patients. Patients not only survive but they survive with good neurological outcomes.

If the hypothermia is prolonged or if the temperature is lowered too low it can cause complications and increase the risk for sepsis and cardiac arrhythmia. Hence this protocol is at present still in its infancy but I have a feeling this shall become a standard of care very soon.


Stacey   October 11th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

I WASN'T SAYING THAT IT WAS STRANGE IN A BAD WAY IT WAS JUST ODD THAT OUT OF ALL THE CHARACTERS TO PLAY MICHAEL IT WAS A FAT BALD MENTAL PATIENT...........AND I KNOW IT WAS JUST OUT OF FUN...........


mary u from ohio   October 11th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

**mj** ……..
I have a blog that you will be able to go too… Me and Liz will wait… awhile and have you go there… and than… i will have another blogs to send you to…. we will not let them distroy you…. and you clan party here you will be blocked….


lola   October 11th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I wish MJ had more opportunities to do voice overs. I think he had a wonderful sense of humor. Unfortunately most people never got to see it and appreciate it. But, he loved to laugh, that is obvious. I think that was one of the main attractions to children. They made him laugh and he could easily make them laugh. I think it was important to him.


kathy40   October 12th, 2009 5:54 am ET

Adding to the list of " plastic-surgery-gone-bad": Joan Rivers, Melanie Griffith and MJ's own ex-mother in law Priscilla Presley. Please check her on a youtube video showing a tribute to Elvis Presley in 1994. You'll see how Elvis fans scream their hearts out for our Michael and how embarassed he was. He apologized to Lisamarie, which shows MJ's big generous heart once again. And all this Simpson BS is just because MJ's new hitsong is out today and these people just HAVE to say something bad about him. These tabloids still don't get it. The more they bash MJ the more his fans love him and all the more fans he gets, everyday. So let those LOSERS go right ahead being ignorant!!!!! LOVE YOU MJ!!!! RIP


akshara   October 12th, 2009 6:22 am ET

weird!!
i think those people are weird who think MJ is weird

he was and remains the best ever


kiki   October 12th, 2009 7:31 am ET

Al Jean still remembers the day he worked with Michael Jackson on The Simpsons 1991 episode “Stark Raving Dad,” in which Jackson — under the pseudonym John Jay Smith — performed the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky, “a big white guy who thinks he’s a little black guy.”

Jackson, a longtime Simpsons fan, had called executive-producer James L. Brooks out of the blue, Jean told Canwest News Service and offered to do a guest-voice role.

Brooks came up with the initial idea of an overweight mental patient who thinks he’s Michael Jackson, then asked Jean and Jean’s co-writer at the time, Mike Reiss, to write the script.

“Like a lot of things involving Michael, it was full of mystery and intrigue,” Jean recalled of his experience. “Musically, there was no doubt he was a genius. I’m not the first person to say that. But it was also probably the most high-pressure assignment of my life, except for doing The Simpsons Movie.”

Jackson wouldn’t commit to doing the episode until the actual table read, Jean recalled.

“Which is the only time that’s happened in the history of The Simpsons.”

The table read was at the house of Michael Jackson’s agent at the time. Jackson was there, but one of the cast members — Jean wouldn’t say who — was half an hour late in arriving.

“So we’re just sitting there in silence, very nervously,” Jean said. “Then, finally, we have everyone there, and we start to read. And we come to his lines, and — thank God — he laughs.”

The following Monday, Jackson suddenly stipulated that he wanted a sound-alike to do the singing in the episode. He would record his own dialogue, though.

Oookay, Jean thought. That’s a little — weird. But, what the hey, it’s Michael Jackson. Roll with it.

The singing chores fell to singer-songwriter Kipp Lennon, lead singer at the time for a rock band called Venice. Jackson thought Lennon was hilarious, Jean recalled. Cue a sigh of relief.

Then, things got complicated.


kiki   October 12th, 2009 7:32 am ET

Jackson wrote the song “Happy Birthday Lisa,” which appears in the episode, Jean confirmed, and was later included in the album Songs in the Key of Springfield.

“Singing in the show is Kipp,” Jean explained. “Speaking in the show is Michael. And the song, ‘Happy Birthday Lisa,’ was written by Michael, but sung by Kipp.”

Got all that?

The Fox network repeated the episode shortly after Jackson’s sudden death on June 25 of heart failure.

Jean said he wanted to look at the episode again before it aired.

“I wanted to make sure it was OK,” he explained. “We had to make one fix, but it had nothing to do with Michael. There was a phone number there that is now a real phone number, so we had to blot that out digitally. Otherwise, it was unchanged.”

Looking back after Jackson’s death was hard, Jean admitted.

“I’d met him briefly when we did the episode, but I wouldn’t say I knew him well. Obviously so much happened between then and now that, when you watch the episode, you can’t help but have mixed feelings. I think he was brilliant. And he was very nice to us. He was a genius, but clearly a troubled guy. It’s sad the way it ended, and it’s sad he’s not with us here today.”


MaryRM   October 12th, 2009 7:37 am ET

Just because Homer wears a pink shirt, he is considered a crazy subversive. The writers made a direct comparison to how the media treated Michael. That anyone who differs even slightly from what the narrow minds consider normal must be crazy or subversive, landing Homer in the same place as Michael.

The writers were making a statement, Michael obviously liked it. The Simpsons doesn't shy away from social commentary, that is what the show is all about. They hit the nail on the head.


MaryRM   October 12th, 2009 7:42 am ET

Kiki:
the article's line – got all that? – since it isn't complicated, yeah, we got it. maybe the article is written for people who are not too bright. Oh yeah, that's right, it is a tabloid's article, of course it is written for people who are not that bright.


Maureen (UK)   October 12th, 2009 8:00 am ET

Who ever wrote this utter rubbish is a self serving, snivelling, apology of a man, who doesn't know how to write an honest article & earn a descent living.

Go & kiss Diane Demon's backside !

Have a good look in the mirror (which will no doubt crack ) & make that change.

Donate some of your "fee" to charity. There is a famine on in Africa. Watch "Man in the Mirror," until it sinks in !


Cocovelvet   October 12th, 2009 9:34 am ET

KATHY 40 at 5.54 a.m. ET ,

Thanks for sharing that video clip information.......... you know what, my thoughts about this Priscilla have now been half answered. Did you see how she looked when she realised how the crowds were cheering up more to MJ than to the appreciation of the anniversary !!!????.......... Oooowwww !!!! there was absolute jealousy mixed with some bit of disappointment in that face of hers.

My Gosh !!! MJ was just sooo shy.... he even hide his face two or three times with that curtain out of shyness from the crowds. Did you notice also how that old plastic- surgery-gone-wrong cow looked at him and made him stand up again to the utter roar of the crowds ??....... MJ really had that magical touch which sent people into a freenzy where ever he stepped.

I think Priscilla was somehow jealous of MJ and his relationship to her daughter Lisa, which unfortunately this Lisa probably didn't recognise and took it just as a concern for that something, which nobody don't know what it was , which her mother had. But she really recognised too late I think how much MJ was so precious to her.........


MaryRM   October 12th, 2009 9:56 am ET

Priscilla behaves like she never divorced Elvis. I'm sorry, but regardless of her story, I don't like how she has always ridden his coattails. Imagine if Lisa Marie started now to be all about Michael. Perhaps I am being unfair, but Priscilla's actions over the years smack of hyprocrisy.


lola   October 12th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

Michael looks so beautiful at the Elvis tribute......Honestly, Elvis can't hold a candle to Michael..not even close. Michael is in a class of his own. Lisa is an idiot!


Kara   October 12th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

why is this story worthy now? Who really cares? Old news and this was so long ago... why does it matter??? Ugh, 15 minutes of fame really goes to some heads and gets way out of control!


Lea   October 12th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

I heard that Michael was a big fan of the show and he wanted to do the episode and have people wondering if they had the real "MJ" do the voice overs or if they got someone else to do it. If you look at the credits Michael Jackson is not listed. I think it's pretty cool that he was part of Americana. People say that Michael was a big jokester. So the jokes on the creators of the Simpsons: they couldn't use Michael's fame to cash in on that episode at the time since it was a "secret." Michael didn't take credit either.


nahamuah   October 12th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Is it really necessary for the media to use the words "BIZARRE" and "FREAK" in every story on MJ.

It seems the media's vocabulary is either limited or every idiot with a laptop that calls themselves a journalist has to follow the herd mentality and use the same stupid buzzwords.

Enough of the media mediocrity, MJ was an extraordinarily talented performer - musician, dancer and artist - and also a great humanitarian.

It is about time the media started showing him the respect that all of the untalented mediocre media people were too resentful, envious and jealous to acknowledge.

Thanks!


rfergy   October 12th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

Michael actually used a fake name that he created. I have the season dvd. He did all of the voice overs, however the song was not sang by MJ on the show. He actually found an impersonator. But that song along with another that he wrote for the simpsons won an award! So he did get credit but not in the typical $$$ sense like others would of!

Listening to the creators comments on that episode was actually kind of cool. You could tell that they had a huge admiration and respect for him. Although this article does not show that!


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