Last weekend’s episode of The Simpsons featured a gay love story for fan favorite character and Mr. Burns’ personal assistant, Waylon Smithers.
The character of Mr. Smithers (voiced by Harry Shearer) first appeared in the animated series’ third episode in 1990 and has been portrayed as a closeted gay man who has an unrequited love for his nuclear plant boss, Montgomery Burns. Smithers, who ultimately “came out” in an episode in 2016, was finally featured with a fully realized gay relationship in the Nov. 21 episode entitled, Portrait Of A Lackey On Fire.
Ahead of its airing, the synopsis of the episode read: “Smithers finds true love with a famous fashion designer, but will his new relationship destroy Springfield?”
Smithers, we have lift-off.