Mr. Smithers To Finally Come Out

The world has known Mr. Smithers is gay for more than a quarter-century, but he’s finally going to formally come out this season. Executive producer Al Jean: “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”

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  • Alan43

    Wow, Smithers hasn’t come out yet? After 26 years I’d have thought they’d have covered everything

    • John30013

      Well, it took me 26 years to come out… 🙂

  • FAEN

    Come on out Smithers and DANCE 🙂

  • But I would have thought being closeted was the root of Smithers’ hopeless servitude and the reason why being Mr Burns’ lackey is his life. You can go to the the RNC and meet loads of Smithers’: just look for the bowties.

    • The real issue, as Mr. Burns pointed out, is that Smithers has the brain pan of a stagecoach tilter.

    • FAEN

      Of course Smithers is a Log Cabin Republican. Comes with the seals loathing.

      • FAEN

        Self not seals lol.

        • AMark

          Damn seals.

  • Prion

    I think this is my favorite not-yet-out clip:

  • CottonBlimp

    You know the phrase “jumped the shark”?

    What’s the phrase for when a once magnificent TV show jumped the shark over a decade ago, and the shark bit it to death, and now, every so often, you glance back at its horrific, rotting corpse that has been just left floating in the ocean for so long that, even while staring at the putrifying gore, you can’t manage to feel anything beyond “oh. I guess that’s still there.” Is there a term for that?

    • popebuck1

      I think it’s “Wow, is that still on?”

      • CottonBlimp

        For everyone around my age who grew up on the Simpsons (late 20s-mid 30s) zombie Simpsons has just been a total emotional mindfuck. It taught us a kind of slow, existential depression just slightly different from the intense, immediate disappointment of the Phantom Menace.

        It was like everything we loved about America slowly withered and died in the Bush years.

        • Bitter Scribe

          The worst, lamest episode of “The Simpsons” is ten times funnier than the best episode of “Family Guy” or “South Park.”

          • CottonBlimp

            *Occasionally*, South Park manages to be incredibly clever and funny. The South Park movie is regarded as a top quality musical – not just among crappy animated musicals, but among live action musicals too. Infinitely better than the mediocre Simpsons movie, and while I don’t like most of SP’s opinions, they’ve maintained a biting, rebellious satirical edge compared to the Simpsons writing episodes to blatantly shill for Apple products. SP is still coming up with new ideas, while The Simpsons has been reduced to ripping off its own jokes from better episodes.

            Family Guy really is shit, though.

    • That Guy

      Simpsons still has a few solid episodes a season but the “Smithers comes out” storyline sounds so boring after 20+ years of it being blatantly obvious. And Homer and Marge will separate this season as well, which also seems like a desparate attempt to pad out 22 episodes.

      Next up: Marge becomes a robot

    • MattPS

      I feel sorry for you, and all the other embittered souls who always talk about shows like The Simpsons and SNL that were “once great” but that–in their opinion–have fallen so far down in quality that they’re not even the shadow of what they once were.
      I feel sorry for you, because all these years later The Simpsons still elicits belly laughs from me. So maybe YOU’RE the problem, and not the show.
      BTW: If you’re so brilliant, why don’t you write your own show? The World is waiting with bated breath. Do your worst. Knock us out. But just remember: we’ll be comparing YOUR work to The Simpsons, SNL, and all those other shows which you so sanctimoniously dismiss.

      • CottonBlimp

        If you’re so brilliant, why don’t you write your own show?

        I did. It was up for a few Emmys.

        I post anonymously on this board so that the success of that show is not affected by my calling you a tasteless mouth-breathing dipshit.

        • JCF

          I believe the phrase is “Pics, or it didn’t happen”?

          • CottonBlimp

            Lol, I’ve revealed too much already.

            I don’t care much for dick measuring contests on the internet. And you’re not seeing a pic of that, either, until I get dinner and movie.

      • ozbrad

        The were some great episodes last season. It had a new adult edge it hadn’t had before.

  • William

    Like Aunt Patty said, “You could see it from space.”

  • Michael Rush

    He should go to Rowan County to get his marriage license .

  • crewman

    He can finally go out to a gay club and have fun. I wonder if The Anvil is still around.

    • Rambie

      I love that episode, “We work hard, we play hard.” and “Where you been Homer? The entire steal industry is gay. Yeah, aerospace too.”

      • royinhell

        Oddly, in syndication they cut the last part of Moe’s line above.
        “Yeah, aerospace, too… and ya know what else? Broadway.”

  • Natty Enquirer

    Such a role model. Now gay children can grow up knowing their place in the world.

    • Bitter Scribe

      If you think any of the Simpsons characters are supposed to be “role models,” you clearly misunderstand the show.

  • BeaverTales

    RE: coming out to longtime straight male friends/coworkers. I’m curious how Burns will react. I think every straight guy I know has probably wondered if I ever checked him out. I used to wonder the same thing.

    Sometimes the appreciative side glance I give a hot random guy becomes pornographic fantasy at some point, probably 1% of the time, maybe…at the most.
    If the guy is a (gay or straight) friend, I actually can’t fantasize about him sexually at all. It would be weird and I’d feel guilty.

  • Phil Touchette

    I was always bemused that Smithers would be attracted to such a withered old fart who clearly had political leanings against his best interests.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Who was clearly loathsome and unlovable in every conceivable way. The whole point of Smithers’ attraction is, The heart wants what it wants, no matter how ridiculous.

  • JCF

    The MOST Overdue Coming Out since Joel Gray? Barry Manilow? Anderson Cooper?

  • J Ascher

    There was an episode where Smithers caught on fire at Burns’ estate and says “I’m flaming, I’m flaming!” Burns turns to the camera with hand on check and gives a deadpan look.

  • TexPlant

    What???!! Smithers is GAY???