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GLAAD Wants Smithers to Start a Gay Employee Resource Group


GLAAD's Media Director Rashad Robinson appeared on last night's Simpsons 20th anniversary special to talk about Waylon Smithers.

Says Robinson: "GLAAD counts Smithers as a gay character because the show has definitely told us that he's gay. We would love the character Smithers to progress by becoming more open about his sexual orientation in the community. Maybe he starts a gay employee resource group down at the plant."


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  1. We DVR every episode of the Simpson but I didn't have the forethought to set this special up on the timer, and the new epi was delayed due to the game so last night was a wash. I was sooo pissed. We missed Anne Hathaway and this show, ugh.

    Posted by: Jersey | Jan 11, 2010 8:27:19 AM

  2. Watch on hulu

    It's nice they included Gladd but this guy was awkward and there have been far better gay moments in the simpsons.

    Posted by: carl anthony | Jan 11, 2010 8:45:15 AM

  3. Smithers loves Mr. Burns. That's what makes it funny. If he came out and started a gay employee resource group, that would be boring.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 11, 2010 8:59:58 AM

  4. What Crispy said.

    In this week's episode, Smithers starts a gay employee resource group... with hilarious results? No.

    Posted by: TPOT | Jan 11, 2010 9:06:00 AM

  5. Gee I wonder if GLAAD's Media Director Rashad Robinson Has any other Television gay issues he could be working on.

    Posted by: Wolf | Jan 11, 2010 9:27:36 AM

  6. With all due respect to GLAAD and Mr. Robinson, this was the low point of the show for me.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 11, 2010 10:39:54 AM

  7. Leave Smithers alone. He is not our and I think outing him would be unethical.

    Posted by: Rikard | Jan 11, 2010 10:48:46 AM

  8. Wow. Good to see GLAAD hard at work.

    Posted by: Jai | Jan 11, 2010 12:02:09 PM

  9. Such needless criticism! First, I think he was speaking partly tongue in cheek. Second, Smithers is out (none of the writers deny that he's gay, and he's said it repeatedly in not especially subtle ways), and having him form a group could be funny if done well. Lenny and Carl would probably show up, and it could be a good opportunity for a guest star (a la John Waters) and perhaps a love interest.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 11, 2010 7:46:11 PM

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