Or, sort of: He sang a song about his thwarted love for his boss, nuclear-plant magnate Mr. Burnswhich Homer overheard before contriving to set Smithers up with a nice guy. The episode of The Simpsons sought to win citizenship points for expressing a good and laudable point-of-view: If more people believed that gay people deserve to be treated as equal to the rest of humanity, the world would be a lovely place!
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Burns on The Simpsonshas officially come out of the closet. Well, at least that his creators have officially outed him from the closet. There certainly have to be more openly homosexual characters in the land of cartoons, right?
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Please refresh the page and retry. T onight, Mr Burns's long-suffering assistant Waylon Smithers will come out as gay in a special episode of The Simpsons. The character, who is voiced by Harry Shearer, has always had an ambiguous sexuality, something that late Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon suggested during Smithers's creation.
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In an episode to be broadcast tomorrow, Smithers at last accepts his love for his elderly boss will never be requited, and is helped in his search for romance by an unlikely ally, Homer Simpson. When his son Johnny came out as a teenager, he and his wife Claire were similarly accepting. I told them I was interested in a boy.
Nearly every detail of The Simpsons universe has evolved during the show's year run. Then there's Waylon Smithers. Smithers, Mr. Burns' perpetually bruised and battered personal assistant, has struggled to conceal his homosexuality since the show's inception.
Waylon J. Smithers Jr. Smithers or simply Smithersis a recurring fictional character in the animated sitcom The Simpsonswho is voiced by Harry Shearer.