When Plants vs Zombies was released, it was praised for its fun gameplay and eccentric cast of zombie opponents. Among these enemies was a dancing zombie that bore a striking resemblance to a "Thriller"-clad Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, it seems this pop king-inspired zombie is no more.
With the most recent update to the game, the Jackson zombie has been pulled out, swapping in a disco-themed dancer sporting an afro. This decision was made after PopCap received a complaint from the Jackson Estate.
"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."
As a note to iPhone owners who currently own the game, don't go through the update process quite yet. A bug causes the game to crash after the process. A fix is currently in the works. New purchasers are not affected.
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