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Waylon Smithers Jr. finally came out as gay on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons.
Smithers (voiced by Harry Shearer), whose sexuality has been hinted at over the past 27 years, realizes his boss Mr. Burns (also voiced by Shearer) doesn’t share his loving feelings after the two went skydiving together. Smithers is upset about his love life following the event, so Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) tries to find him a boyfriend.
Simpson and his friends use Grindr to invite eligible men to a party at Simpson’s house, where Smithers quickly catches on to what is happening. George Takei is a guest voice on the episode and Hank Azaria voices Julio, Smithers‘ new love interest.
Rob LaZebnik wrote the episode and told the New York Post he wrote “The Burns Cage” in support of his gay son. “I am a Midwestern guy, so I don’t tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve,” he said, “but I thought, ‘What better way to tell my son I love him than to write a cartoon about it?’”
LaZebnik’s son Johnny said his father came to him for advice on how to properly portray a popular gay dating app.
“He once sent me an email, and the header was just ‘How does Grindr work?’ ” Johnny told The Post. “I screenshotted and Instagrammed it and sent it to all my gay friends because it made me laugh so much.”
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