Waylon Smithers (The Simpsons)

Smithers’ new guy and Smithers, whose only crime is being so criminally dashing

After 25 years of adoring Mr. Burns, Smithers came out in the 2016 Simpsons episode “The Bird Cage.” In 2021, he finally found a love deserving of his unwavering affection: He fell for fashion designer Michael De Graaf in the hilariously titled episode “Portrait of a Lackey on Fire.”

“I think in many ways, he was really an impressive gay character to have early on, because he’s not sort of the stereotypical, flamboyant gay that you see in so many of these late ’90s cartoons. He’s probably the most competent character on the show,” Simpsons writer Johnny LaZebnik told the AV Club. (His father, Rob LaZebnik, wrote “The Bird Cage,” and enlisted Johnny, who is gay, as an unofficial consultant on the episode.)

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