Saturday 3 December 2016

The Simpsons' Smithers comes out as gay in episode inspired by writer's son

Published 03/04/2016 | 12:01

Smithers comes out on The Simpsons
Smithers comes out on The Simpsons

Mr Burns' loyal assistant Waylan Smithers Jr will come out as gay on The Simpsons this weekend.

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The landmark episode will air in the US tonight and will see Smithers finally realising that Mr Burns will never return his love.

Smithers' sexuality has hardly been a secret but it has never been openly addressed in the 27 series of the hit show.

Homer Simpson, of all people, helps him to look for love.

"I am a Midwestern guy, so I don't tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve," writer Rob LaZebnik told the New York Post.

"But I thought, 'What better way to tell my son I love him than to write a cartoon about it?'"

He added, “We didn’t really want to have that big moment of ‘I’m out,’ you know?  Instead, just have it be a big embrace — like everyone knows it.”

Rob's son Johnny, who is currently studying psychology at university, came out when he was a teenager.

"The revelation that my father moves me is not much of a revelation, thankfully," said Johnny.

"He's unbelievably accepting.  We're as close as a straight dad and gay son could be."

The episode will air in the US tonight.

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