Study finds the Simpsons has encouraged gay men to ‘come out’ with its sympathetic attitude to same sex couples
- – Academic Erwin In het Panhuis has analysed nearly 500 Simpsons scenes
- – He said that The Simpsons treats ‘homosexuality as something normal’
- – The cartoon was the first to dedicate an entire episode to Gay marriage
The academic studied 70 gay characters portrayed in the long-running series including Skinflint factory owner Mr Burns’ relationship with his assistant Smithers, which he wrote an entire chapter on in his book.