04-03-2016 Waylon Smithers, a character on the animated television series The Simpsons, comes out to his boss Mr. Burns, who rejects his advances. Other characters attempt to find a boyfriend for Smithers, and he falls for Julio. Openly gay actor George Takei makes a cameo appearance as himself. Co-executive producer and writer of the series Rob LaZebnik says the story idea was prompted after he found out that one of his sons is gay. He stated, “And what better way to say I love you to my son than to write a cartoon about it?” The Simpsons first aired on December 17, 1989.
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