Some producers at EA have responded to Rockstar's recent order to be removed from the Simpsons game, stating that Rockstar "spazzed out like little babies" when their game was parodied.
Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman explained the reason for the GTA parody, stating that "The [Simpsons] game begins with Bart wanting to play a game called Grand Theft Scratchy. Of course this is a parody of Grand Theft Auto. And Marge immediately takes it away from him. She tries to clean up the town and stop the game from being distributed in Springfield because Marge is against video game violence. She uses horrific violence to stop video game violence... in a video game."
He added "That's called irony. The people who make Grand Theft Auto - they spazzed out like little babies."
Selman also took a few shots are Rockstar's delay of GTA IV. "We couldn’t get our game out in time, so we’re afraid that the gamers — who are not morons — are going to get confused by an Itchy and Scratchy poster of Grand Theft Scratchy - they’re going to think that’s the same thing as Grand Theft Auto…EA lawyers are afraid to use the name Grand Theft Scratchy in promoting the game… [Rockstar’s] games are full of satire, lame attempts at parody… basically putting the words sixty-nine in wherever they can find it…"
Selman finally acknowledged his appreciation of the franchise by stating that "Their games are amazing. Trust me, I’ll be the first person in line to play Grand Theft Auto 4… in five years when it comes out."