Pour A Lil ChokLit Liquor: Farewell to the King


Tomorrow Michael Jackson’s body will be laid to rest Tuesday morning at the Staples Center in L.A. Millions of fans, well-wishers and those who knew and loved Jackson will be in attendance. Jennifer Hudson is expected to preform, while Celebrities like Smokey Robinson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey are expected to attend.

It is difficult to think that we will be burying the King of Pop tomorrow. Wow. The whole situation genuinely saddens me. The other day I was aimlessly watching Fox when they happened to show the Simpsons episode where Homer meets a man in the insane asylum who believes he is Michael Jackson. In the episode, Homer believes the man is Michael, not knowing what he actually looks like, and invites the man to visit his family. Meanwhile Bart unknowingly reveals to everyone that the Real Michael Jackson is visiting his home. It is one of my favorite episodes. I did a little digging on Wikipeidia and found out that although he wasn’t credited in the show’s credits Micheal did indeed guest star on the show as well as wrote the song, Lisa, its your Birthday. (Incidentally, he also wrote the majority of Do the Bartman – for all my 90s kids)

Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was a singer who guest starred on The Simpsons in the episode “Stark Raving Dad”. He performed the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. Jackson was a fan of the show, and called Matt Groening one night and offered to do a guest spot. The idea for the episode was pitched by James L. Brooks and the script was written by Al Jean and Mike Reiss. In an early version of script, Homer decided to take Barney Gumble in for rehab, but whilst there Homer began acting crazily so the doctors assumed he was the one to be committed. Jackson pitched several story ideas for the episode, including Bart telling everyone in town that Michael Jackson was coming to his house. He also requested several script changes, including that he wanted to have a scene in which he and Bart wrote a song and asked that a joke about Prince be changed to one about Elvis Presley.

57850394Farewell MJ.
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