The Simpsons apologise to Judas Priest for calling them ‘death metal’


After the show referred to the heavy metal band as 'death metal', Bart Simpson has apologised via the medium of his classroom blackboard
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As anyone who has been on the end of a righteous screed at at Black Country record fair will tell you, woe betide the layman who wrongly refers to a metal sub-genre – and the latest to find out the hard way are the writers of The Simpsons.

After calling the heavy metal band Judas Priest 'death metal' on a recent episode, they unleashed a Lethe-heated wave of anger from the genre's fans. "I don't care if you want to have fun at metal's expense," said Stereogum's Michael Nelson, "but if you brazenly mix up black metal and death metal – and the essence of the joke hinges on getting that reference right – well, that's just lazy writing and it deserves to be called out and mocked relentlessly. But that's totally pardonable compared to calling Judas Priest a death metal band."

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