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‘The Simpsons’ presents first gay love story for Smithers character

Last weekend’s episode of The simpsons featured a gay love story for fan favorite character and Mr. Burns’ personal assistant, Waylon Smithers.

The character of Mr. Smithers (voiced by Harry Shearer) first appeared in the third episode of the animated series in 1990 and has been described as a locked-in gay man who has an unrequited love for his nuclear power plant boss, Montgomery Burns. Smithers, who ultimately “came out” in an episode in 2016, was finally featured with a fully realized same-sex relationship in the November 21 episode titled, Portrait of a lackey on fire.

Before it aired, the episode’s synopsis read, “Smithers finds true love with famous fashion designer, but will his new relationship destroy Springfield?”

Series writer Rob LaZebnik claimed he was inspired to write the episode by his gay son, Johnny, and the two teamed up to write the script. Johnny then tweeted his joy at having his name credited on the show.

Johnny’s dad also tweeted during the episode.

Johnny told the New York Post that he was delighted that the gay love story was the main plot and not a secondary theme.

“A lot of times homosexual romances are a subplot or are brought up or shown in some sort of montage or as a punchline,” he said of the episode.

“And what I think I was really excited about, with this episode we see – without spoiling too much – the beginning, the middle and who knows how it ends in a gay relationship, to really get into the thick of it. about homosexuals dating, how they meet, what it’s like, ”said young LaZebnik.

“It was really special for me to be able to highlight characters who are not punchlines, who are fully formed,” concluded Johnny.

Nominated for Emmy Awards A.k.a star Victor Garber, who revealed his homosexuality in 2012, voiced Mr Smithers’ gay lover in the episode.

“I think it’s critically important that these stories get recognized,” Garber, 72, said of the cartoon’s episode. “I haven’t played a lot of gay characters, but every time I do it reminds me of some feelings I had as a young actor where I couldn’t be gay.”

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