Oh, please

Posted on 05 Nov 2008 at 4:50pm

See, this is the problem I have with some gay rights advocacy groups: They don’t have a sense of humor.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, has accused the Fox series “The Simpsons” of using a “homophobic slur.” That occurred in last Sunday’s  episode, when schoolyard bully Nelson Muntz pejoratively referred to something as “so gay.”

Apparently, GLSEN chooses to overlook how “The Simpsons” routinely features very pro-gay plots, including an entire episode a few years back devoted to gay marriage, and that Springfield boasts a good share of gay residents, from Waylon Smithers (above) to a Simpsons family member — sister-in-law Patty. “The Simpsons” has so often proved its dedication to gay rights, why would you make a case against it for a minor slight… if it even is a slight?

See, Nelson’s narrowmindedness is the joke. The “slur” is in keeping with the character, and said ironically. (Proof? An episode some years back when Nelson was caught by his friends smooching Lisa. “You’re kissing a girl? That’s so gay!” they say — totally not getting it.) One can only imagine that, had GLSEN been around in 1971, it would have weekly condemned “All in the Family” because Archie Bunker used the word “fruit” all the time.

Satire. It’s in the dictionary. Look it up, guys.

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