November 16, 2021, 5:24 PM
Waylon Smithers came out as gay during a 2016 episode of the beloved animated series.
Over 30 years since The simpsons debuted, the iconic TV show finally gave Waylon Smithers his first gay love.
For anyone who hasn’t watched The simpsons recently, Smithers officially came out as gay in the Season 27 episode, The Burns Cage, in 2016. After years of clues and queer coding, Smithers reveals he’s in love with Mr. Burns. At first, Mr. Burns rejects her love and Smithers quits his job. However, the duo reunites and reconciles at the end of the episode.
Despite this, Smithers never had a significant boyfriend on the show, but that all changed with their new episode.
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The official description of the next episode of The simpsonsappointed Portrait of a lackey on fire, reads: “Smithers finds true love with a famous fashion designer, but will his new relationship destroy Springfield?” People reports that Victor Garber will play Michael De Graaf, the object of Smithers’ affections, and their romance will be the focus of the entire episode.
Talk to The New York Post, Johnny LaZebnik – who co-wrote the episode with his long-term father The simpsons writer Rob LaZebinik – explained why this episode is so important: “So often gay romances are a subplot or are hinted at or shown in some sort of montage or as a punchline.”
He then teased: “And what I think I was really excited about, with this episode we get to see – without spoiling too much – the beginning, the middle and who knows how it ends of a gay relationship, of really get to the heart of the matter – how gay people date, how they meet, what it’s like.”
Johnny ended by saying, “It was really special for me to be able to highlight characters that aren’t punchlines, that are completely formed.”
Portrait of a lackey on fire airs Nov. 21 on Fox.
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