Michael Jackson used 'The Simpsons' to groom boys: Al Jean

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"I think it was part of what he used to groom boys", said Jean, who co-wrote the episode with Mike Reiss.

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

"There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn't allow them to remain", James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal referring to the documentary. "I really don't know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that's what I think - and that makes me very, very sad".

The posters were launched ahead of the airing in the United Kingdom of documentary Leaving Neverland which focused on the testimonies of Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who both claim the singer sexually abused them when they were children.

"Stark Raving Dad" aired September 19, 1991 as the show's Season 3 premiere. "It wasn't just comedy to him, it was something that was used as a tool". "I don't believe in going through and making judgments on every guest star and saying 'this one was bad, that one was bad, ' but the episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now". Despite this, Jean assured The Daily Beast that he believes "removing it is appropriate".

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The episode - entitled Stark Raving Dad - was specially penned for the pop star and ended with his character and Bart Simpson writing a song for Lisa's birthday. 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".

Jean added that while the episode was "one of the most successful things I ever did", pulling it was "the right move".

"The episode itself has a false objective, and that's what I object to about it now". The brand said it plans to pull pieces "that directly [feature] Michael Jackson elements" from production, and that the collection that ultimately goes to stores will "purely reflect the true values of the brand and of our artistic director".

"I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions", Louis Vuitton's men's artistic director Virgil Abloh said in an exclusive statement shared with WWD.

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