It took a while and to be quite honest I’d even forgotten about it, but a little over a year after Michael Jackson’s death and Zombie Dancer is no more.
That is the Zombie Dancer from PopCap’s fun (and oh so cute) strategy game Plants vs Zombies, that featured a nice little homage to Michael Jackson and Thriller. It would seem that Michael Jackson’s estate has gotten wind of it and decided that in light of MJ’s passing this Zombie has become in bad taste.
Russ Frushtick at MTV Multiplayer contacted PopCap for comment and this is what they had to say:
“The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson. After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of PLANTS vs.ZOMBIES on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway.”
It is a shame to see Zombie Dancer go and while it was obliviously intended as a homage to Micheal I can also understand why the family would want it removed from the game.
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