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Study: The Simpsons has helped gay men to come out due to portrayal of homosexuality

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  1. “Positive portrayal” are you kidding me?

    1. Christina 1 Jul 2013, 6:25pm

      On the surface, it doesn’t seem like a positive portrayal at all… UNLESS you watch the Simpsons!

      The Simpsons makes fun of EVERYONE. White suburban American families, brown immigrants who own convenience stores, bible belters, big energy, liberals, republicans, straight people, and… Well, gay people.

      By treating gay people the same way as the rest of the cast, as NORMAL PEOPLE with REAL FEELINGS, as people who are sometimes bad, sometimes good, in the closet, out the closet, The Simpsons forces people to confront homosexuality as a natural phenomenon.

      1. This is simply not true. They don’t treat gays like everybody else. There are very few gay characters and is always about their sexuality and in most case not in a positive way. They use homosexuality as comic device.
        Make me one example of gay character that just happens to be gay.
        Sorry for my English.

        1. Simpson fan 1 Jul 2013, 8:22pm

          Patty Bouvier, Marge’s sister

          1. Really? Did you see the episode in which she come out? Is that the type of tv that helps people to come out?
            I’m not saying that The Simpsons are a bad show, but saying that that’s the type of portrayal that helps the LGBT community? Please.
            Glee, Spartacus, Sothland, those are the shows that help us.

    2. Simpson’s creator Matt Groening is well acquainted with the gay community. You know why? Because in spirit he is like one of us.

  2. Come on people, really?
    “Vicious” is homophobic but “Smithers” is a positive portrayal of gay people that helped the gay community? Really?

    1. Well dressed, with a good job, and respected by other members of staff, and despite being more human than his boss, he cares way more about him than anyone else.
      Looks like positive to me.

      1. What you wrote is really really sad.

  3. Not a single mention of Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Carl’…Now there was a role model…

  4. LaylaCakes 1 Jul 2013, 10:01pm

    ummm…Mr Burns isn’t gay. Smithers is gay and has a thing for Mr. Burns, but Mr. Burns isn’t gay.

  5. So *that’s* what made me gay!

    Well, for what it’s worth, I don’t remember anything homophobic going on.
    And while Smithers is a moron, so is everyone else! In fact he is a rather sympathetic moron unlike most others.

  6. My two favourite episodes of The Simpsons are ‘Homer’s Phobia’ (starring John Waters) and “Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays”. I loved Lindsay Naegle in that episode! “Save your breath for blowing up water wings, breeder.”

  7. It is good that the portrayal of gay people in The Simpsons has generally been sympathetic. Now, if The Simpsons could learn to stop being so disgustingly transphobic on the other hand… (trans people are not often mentioned on the show, but on the occasions they are, it’s not even remotely kind or respectful with lines like “Helen Lovejoy’s he-she cousin” being just one example)

    1. theotherhalf 2 Jul 2013, 12:04pm

      i was about to mention that myself.

      the show trades on every transphobic joke gong but, hey, let’s celebrate how it speaks about gay men because that’s the only group that matters right?

    2. I always remember homers line from one episode “When my cousin Frank became Francine” or Francine became Frank.

      1. theotherhalf 2 Jul 2013, 3:15pm

        yes and, the show implied, due to an ‘odd’ upbringing.

        1. That’s one of at least seven examples spanning from 1999 til the most recent season. We cannot applaud these people while they continue to venemously attack a section of the LGBT community… we must stand for everyone in it, because the root cause of homophobia, trannsphobia, and discrimination against intersexed people is exactly the same – we act in a way that society deems to be either contrary to our gender, or contradictory society’s misperception of our gender. Whether it’s a matter of who we’re naturally attracted to, how much our bodies align with our psychological gender, or both, society shuns us for a single reason and we cannot effectively tackle homophobia without tackling transphobia and vice versa.

          1. It’s certainly good that The Simpsons is respectful to most of the LGBT community, but we cannot applaud the show as LGBT friendly until those who write it understand why their actions are so incredibly hurtful and harmful to part of our community, and we must not stop raising our voices while this sort of vicious discrimination is still viewed as perfectly acceptable within the mainstream media (various TV shows, the Daily Mail, etc.) and in society as a whole.

  8. casparthegood 2 Jul 2013, 11:01am

    That will please the religous nutters won’t it :-)

    1. They already hate the simpsons

  9. The Simpsons was a lot better in the first ten seasons or so, the rest is just garbage with guest appearances by whatever celebrity is popular at the moment. The Simpsons was a lot better at positive portrayals of queer people back in the early days, too, instead of the blatant pandering they did later, like making Patty a lesbian just for the heck of it.

    And like someone else mentioned, gays were also portrayed just as “ordinary” people, like Smithers, who could be just as good, bad, greedy, or altruistic as straight people. Shame that there was no mention in the article of Carl (not to be confused with Homer’s buddy Karl) or John from “Homer’s Phobia”.

    The line “He is sometimes heterosexual, sometimes gay and sometimes homophobic” is also kind of misleading. Homer has always been straight, and the level of tolerance or “homophobia” he has of gay people depends on the episode.

    Still, this was a pretty good article.

  10. Erwin In het Panhuis 7 Jul 2013, 1:09am

    Dear Mr. McCormick, thanks for the review of my book. I hope that I can published my german book “Hinter den schwulen Lachern” in a half year in english language too – under the title “Behind the Gay laughters” (a reference to the Episode 11/22)
    To LaylaCakes: It’s right – Mr Burns isn’t gay. :-)

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