The Simpsons Apologise for Calling Judas Priest 'Death Metal'

Bart Simpson responds to outrage by the metal community with style. Watch the full clip here.

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The Simpsons have responded in record time to complaints that they mistakenly referred to Judas Priest as "death metal" on a recent episode - by having Bart write an apology on the blackboard in the latest intro.

The first episode titled "Steal this Episode" was aired on January 5, with Homer landing on the wrong side of the law when he gets involved in illegal downloads. He ends up in a Swedish government building, and the FBI bring out Judas Priest with Rob Halford singing a twist on one of their classics "Breaking the Law." You can see the segment featuring Priest in the player below.

The moment of controversy to some metal fans, as evidenced in the YouTube comments to the video below, comes when a Swede says this (admittedly brilliant) joke:

"Swedes love death metal. It reminds us of death!"

The metal community was quick to point out the error, with some highlighting the time South Park referred to Slayer as death metal. It seems the Simpsons creators had their ear to the ground, because Bart's infamous blackboard intro corrected the error with "Judas Priest is not death metal" this week.

Props to the Simpsons team for responding to metal fans in such quick time!

Watch Judas Priest appear on the Simpsons here:

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    jaccguitarist
    This reminds me of episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy’s skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
    maximumrocker
    "Swedes love death metal. It reminds us of death!" This sounds like something Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth would say
    Vash_15
    They actually got complaints? Don't these people have anything better to get mad about?
    eibbor82
    Probably a case of genre snobs making sure things stay labeled correctly. What difference does it really make?
    Izzy-Sweet
    I came here just to say this; why does it matter so much? It's The Simpsons poking fun at the fact Swedes love metal, does the genre HAVE to be exact? The fact they even apologised is worse when you consider there's probably been complaints towards Matt Groening for even worse things than this.
    Spychosis
    Well it sounds like it was a bunch of simple youtube comments. And apology sounds like too strong of a word for Bart's chalkboard gag--more of a correction than an apology. Don't go getting mad at others for getting mad at silly things.
    stiltsdajumz
    Honestly I don't really understand what all the fuss is about. Matt Groening is a comedian and TV-show creator, not an expert in Metal. I'm sure there are a lot of different styles of music in a genre the metal community doesn't listen to. Yet we all define it as the same genre simply because of a lack of knowledge in said genre.Get over it already, he made a minor mistake he didn't even know he made. To him metal is just metal, leave it be.
    GeriatricNinja
    I pretty much agree, but still find it funny since the Spinal Tap bassist is one of the voice actors on the show
    ledzep426
    They fixed that pretty fast for a non South Park show. Still, very cool of the Simpsons to do that. Btw that episode (the newest one) was one of the best episodes in show history.
    iommi600
    Two thoughts on this: 1. Really? Complaining about this is what a 15-yo would do. 2. The Simpsons have gone to shit about 5 years ago, or more.
    Dannym95
    When bellends point out their faults in cool ways like this, it makes them less bellended.
    RnFnR95
    not to sound stupid but could someone tell me what a bellend is? i keep reading it a lot on this site and I've never heard it here. British slang maybe? correct me if I'm wrong
    iommi600
    "Bellend" = idiot, a stupid person, etc. When it's not being used as an insult, it means the glans penis. British slang, yes. See also "knobhead".
    mattjamesrenn
    seems to be a fashionable buzz term that the kidz are using (although an old one). Like five years ago the cool kidz used "Muppet" around here anyways, but if you still use it its seen as a little daggy.
    Drakodan
    To be honest this is just indicative of how lazy the writing has gotten on this show lately.
    cyclonus
    Reminds me of the South Park episode where the boys were taken to a government building for illegally downloading Judas Priest
    mabmcrazy
    So I hit rewind and point out the chalkboard stint to my wife, reminding her that I had said jp are not deathmetal the week prior. Heard crickets chirping and that long distant stare in return. Oh I foregot, I married a Def Lepard fan. Pour some sugar on that.