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Michael Jackson Zombie To Be Yanked Out of Plants vs. Zombies

The Jackson estate objects to the zombie's likeness to Jackson.

The fact that I can't succinctly explain what the Michael Jackson zombie in pseudo-tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies looks like without using the words "Michael" and "Jackson" does a pretty good job in explaining why the zombie--officially dubbed "Dancing Zombie"--has been removed in the iPhone version of the game, and will also be removed in others as well.

MTV Multiplayer reports that that the Michael Jackson estate has objected to the use of the moon-walking zombie in the casual title. As a result, creator PopCap Games is removing the zombie and replacing it with a disco-themed variant. The Apple handheld version is the first to feel the pain. 
 

 
In a statement given to the publication, a PopCap representative is calling the move "a business decision" based on the estate's objection. All subsequent "future builds" of the title, including the forthcoming Xbox Live Arcade version that boasts versus and co-op elements, won't have the Michael Jackson zombie. 

Just FYI: the zombie, which was created in tribute to Jackson's "Thriller," was in the game before the man's death. So, while the estate certainly has the right to bring up an issue, it's not like PopCap tossed the dude in the game as some sort of malicious spoof.    
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Posted by BradNicholson

The fact that I can't succinctly explain what the Michael Jackson zombie in pseudo-tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies looks like without using the words "Michael" and "Jackson" does a pretty good job in explaining why the zombie--officially dubbed "Dancing Zombie"--has been removed in the iPhone version of the game, and will also be removed in others as well.

MTV Multiplayer reports that that the Michael Jackson estate has objected to the use of the moon-walking zombie in the casual title. As a result, creator PopCap Games is removing the zombie and replacing it with a disco-themed variant. The Apple handheld version is the first to feel the pain. 
 

 
In a statement given to the publication, a PopCap representative is calling the move "a business decision" based on the estate's objection. All subsequent "future builds" of the title, including the forthcoming Xbox Live Arcade version that boasts versus and co-op elements, won't have the Michael Jackson zombie. 

Just FYI: the zombie, which was created in tribute to Jackson's "Thriller," was in the game before the man's death. So, while the estate certainly has the right to bring up an issue, it's not like PopCap tossed the dude in the game as some sort of malicious spoof.    
Posted by wonderhare

Seriously??

Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab

Next the sasquatch and the Zamboni estate will be filing papers.
Posted by Little_Socrates

Apparently the Jackson Estate doesn't like money. 'cause, you know, random homages MAKE YOU MONEY!

Posted by crusader8463

*Insert Picard facepalm photo here*

Posted by Zidane_24

Disappointing.

Posted by EternalDarkWing

Boo fucking hoo.

Posted by mrsmiley

what. the. hell. it's people like this that make me hate people.

Posted by Mikemcn

Not cool

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Posted by lokilaufey

That's just bullshit. I am disappoint.

Posted by scarace360

REALLY. you gotta be fucking kidding me if i was in a game i would be happy.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Wait...that's not Mick Jagger?

Posted by SuperKcross

BOOOOOOO

Posted by RobotHamster

Awwwww

Posted by RecSpec

Can we also get an update on whether or not Gary Coleman will still appear in PAIN?

Posted by cinemandrew

I wish my likeness was in PvZ. Maybe I should write to pop cap to tell them I'm officially objecting to the lack of my likeness in their awesome game.

Posted by DG991

I thought it was rick james. 

Posted by Mikewrestler5

And how do they plan to take him out of the PC version? An update?

Posted by FateOfNever

Well that's fucking lame.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

will be interesting to see the new disco themed zombie !

Posted by jayc4life
  Get this guy to replace him.
Posted by EternalDarkWing
@JessicaBoo said:
" Ok? Michael Jackson is an idol fine, so bloody what????!?!???!?!?!?!   So next will be, cutting legs of the people that do the moon dancing all around the world???  *moon dances* Thus i conclude, MTV Multiplayer you are an imbecil! "
Are you stupid all the time, or is it just today?
Posted by This_Dude

I'm pretty sure the use of a Michael Jackson esque zombie would be protected under "Fair Use" in the constitution.  since it was used as parody in a small part of a much larger final product.  There's no reason they should remove this zombie.  I gotta find a way to keep steam from updating this product,  cause that was one of the funniest moments of this game,  when the Thriller zombie popped up, i laughed every time.

Posted by MattyFTM

If he didn't appear as a zombie in one of his music video's, I could totally understand the objection. But it's a homage to Thriller, it's not in bad taste at all.

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Posted by EternalDarkWing
@This_Dude said:
" I'm pretty sure the use of a Michael Jackson esque zombie would be protected under "Fair Use" in the constitution.  since it was used as parody in a small part of a much larger final product.  There's no reason they should remove this zombie.  I gotta find a way to keep steam from updating this product,  cause that was one of the funniest moments of this game,  when the Thriller zombie popped up, i laughed every time. "
Yeah, I'm sure they could pull that card if they wanted to, but, as they said, it was their own business decision based on the objection.
Posted by MayorFeedback

Well, I'm definitely setting Plants vs. Zombies to not auto-update in Steam when I get home. 
  
And, yeah, this should be covered legally as a parody, but the mere threat of a huge lawsuit and all the legal costs associated with it (even a frivolous one) is, I'm sure, enough to make Pop Cap back down.

Posted by oddjob

Not cool at all

Posted by Woodwater

Worst. News. Ever.

Posted by travisgamedev

It's too bad. MJ would have wanted to remain a part of modern day culture. It would make his memory live on. As the estate slowly takes him out of every reference in modern culture, he will slowly be forgotten.

Posted by Frootsnax

Well I know 1 game i'm never patching.

Posted by Bummey

Replacing Michael with... DISCO?  I think I'm going to have a stroke.

Posted by Apathylad

So, are they going to remove every single Michael Jackson spoof from TV shows, too? 
  

   
  
Posted by EternalDarkWing
@Apathylad said:

" So, are they going to remove every single Michael Jackson spoof from TV shows, too?"

They are going to find and burn all of the copies of Moonwalker.
Posted by GunnBjorn

 
I sympathize to an extent, since he is dead it's somewhat degoutant to put him in the game as the 'Thriller'-Zombie. Still, it's a pity. MJ was all about entertainment, i don't think he'd disapprove of it.    

Posted by bonbolapti

well I guess that's what will happen to zombie michael jackson now.
Unless this is a certain context to it :P
 
but meh, it's no big deal

Posted by BestUsernameEver

Guys calm down, it's just one Zombie being replaced, it's not like they announcing PvZ is never coming back.

Edited by Shuborno

Super weak. 
 
A cultural icon is going to be referenced in popular culture!  Why fight this?  This was the goal!

Posted by buzz_killington

Where the Michael Jackson estate playing Plants vs. Zombies?? That's cool!

Posted by KillyDarko

Bunch of idiots with no sense of humour...

Posted by lordofultima

You know, I think the dancing zombie is great homage to Michael Jackson if anything. It's in good fun...so this is the part where MJ's family runs his name into the ground further. Awesome.

Posted by Turtlemayor333

So obviously the estate feels the same way about the Thriller video and in light of Jackson's death will refuse to profit from that as well.
 
...Right?

Posted by ELpork

LAME!

Posted by TheGreatGuero

That's lame.

Posted by BulletStorm

Every member of the Jackson Estate is a talentless jerkoff who needs the support of Michael Jackson even after his death - I say PopCap doesn't back down and finally shows up to these pricks. 

Edited by shanchett99

and once again we lose an ounce of enjoyment. 
all i can say is. 
 
That's Ignorance

Posted by Brackynews

Kudos to Brad for not using the phrase "Beat It" in the title or body text.
This ain't no Thorsenink punnery.

Posted by Shadow

Well that sucks.  Still though, I hate that damn zombie, and I don't care for Michael Jackson so It's all for the best I suppose.

Posted by fozzyozzy

disco roller skating zombies actually wouldn't be a bad addition.   
 
Also, since no M. J. how about a zombie wearing torn jeans and a flannel shirt holding a shotgun?  He could be called "Kurt Kobrains".

Posted by Swaboo

They could replace it with zombie Jesus that raises 4 of his apostles from the grave with him. That way no one is offended!

Posted by JessicaBoo

No comment, seriously? 
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