Johnny LaZebnik, screenwriter of a new episode of The simpsons focusing on Waylon Smithers’ same-sex relationship, spoke about the creation of the episode.
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LaZebnik, who is gay, is the son of longtime Simpsons writer and producer Rob LaZebnik. His father wrote the 2016 episode “The Burns Cage” in which Smithers first appeared as gay, with LaZebnik acting as “unofficial consultant.”
Announced earlier this month and airing last week (November 21), “Portrait Of A Lackey On Fire” sees Smithers fall in love with fashion designer Michael De Graaf, voiced by Victor Garber.
“When we, my dad and I talked about writing this episode, something that was important to me was seeing his relationship grow and blossom and get those intimate moments of two gay men on screen talking about it. ‘being gay or dating, “LaZebnik told The AV Club.
“For a gay romance to be the A story of an episode of The Simpsons, I don’t think it ever happened. And that’s what was so exciting to me.
Discussing Smithers’ past on the show, he said: “I think in a lot of ways he was really an awesome gay character to have at the start, because he’s not sort of the stereotypical gay and flamboyant that you see in so many of these latest ’90s cartoons. He’s probably the most proficient character on the show.
“To continue to be able to add to this legacy and this story, it’s great. And I think we did a really good job in this episode staying true to her character while simultaneously fleshing out her existence as a real person.
Addressing the old jokes on the Smithers sexuality show, he said, “I want to be frank by saying that I love these jokes a lot. When I tell my gay friends about The simpsons […] jokes like that are like some of my favorite stuff on the show. “
He also expressed his admiration for how The Simpsons recently spent time on its minor characters. “The show does such a good job of fleshing out all of these characters, and Smithers is one of them worth his time.”
Meanwhile, a new piece of street art by Bart Simpson – believed to be by Banksy – has appeared in Worcestershire.
The mural was spotted shortly after Darrell Meekcom, a terminally ill man from Kidderminster, was arrested after setting off a radar.