Part of this song was used in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons
, where Jackson guest stars as an overweight, white mental patient who sings it to Homer. While Michael Jackson voice all the talking parts for the character, the singing voice was someone else, which caught the rest of the cast by surprise. Harry Shearer
, who does several voices on the show, told us: "Michael did all the vocal parts when we read it again at the stage. The character in the show sang special lyrics to 'Ben,' and when it came time to sing, Michael sat back, nodded, and a guy that we'd not noticed before, a white guy sitting across from him at the table, started singing in a ridiculously accurate Michael Jackson voice. And I thought about it for a minute, and then I realized, I guess we paid enough for the talking Michael Jackson, but not enough for the singing Michael Jackson.
The guy who did the singing was Kipp Lennon, who often did singing parts for the show.