“Sir, there may never be another time to say… I love you, sir.” – Smithers to Mr. Burns, 1991
It’s been 25 years, and Waylon J. Smithers, Jr. is finally coming out of the closet. Officially.
I know what you’re thinking. If you’re a Simpsons fan, you’re probably wondering what the big deal is. Smithers’s homosexuality has been common knowledge throughout Springfield for years now. In the upcoming 27th season, however, Smithers will confirm his feelings to the person who matters most to him.
That’s right: Smithers is going to come out to Mr. Burns.
Previously described as “Burns-sexual” by the show’s producers, it would seem that the only person who isn’t explicitly aware that Mr. Smithers is gay is Mr. Burns, his boss, master, and object of infatuation. The executive producer of the show explained just why they decided now is the time for this to happen.