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Episode - 4F11\\
Frst Aired - 2/16/1997

A kitsch antique store owner named John (voiced by B-movie director Creator/JohnWaters) befriends Homer and his family, but when Marge tells Homer that John is a homosexual and Homer sees Bart hanging out with John, Homer worries that Bart will be gay, so he takes him on a trip to make him a manly man.
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!!This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia here]]):
* AnimatedActors: John looks a ''lot'' like his namesake/voice actor.
* CallBack: The "Pin Pals" shirt John found at Goodwill is Homer's from "Team Homer".
* {{Camp}}: John is a big fan of this, and considers the Simpson home a prime example.
* CampGay / StraightGay: John borders between these. Examples of both are shown working at the steel mill.
* ChekhovsGun: The Robot Santa in John's car ends up saving the day by scaring off the reindeers.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: As usual for him, Homer doesn't realise John is gay until it's spelled out for him as blatantly as possible.
-->'''Homer''': We gotta have [John] and his wife over for drinks sometime.
-->'''Marge''': Mmm, I don't think he's married, Homer.
-->'''Homer''': Oh, a swingin' bachelor, eh? Well, there's lots of foxy ladies out there.
-->'''Marge''': Homer, didn't John seem a little...'festive' to you?
-->'''Homer''': Couldn't agree more, happy as a clam!
-->'''Marge''': He prefers the company of men.
-->'''Homer''': Who doesn't?
-->'''Marge''': Homer, listen carefully. John is a homo-
-->'''Homer''': Right
-->'''Marge''': -sexual.
-->'''Homer''': [screams] Oh my god!
** Bart also fails to notice what Homer is doing until Lisa tells him that Homer thinks he (Bart) is gay, right at the end.
* CrapsackWorld: If you ask Homer, at least.
-->'''Homer:''' The whole world's gone gay!
* CureYourGays: Homer attempts this on Bart.
* EpicFail: In an effort to straighten Bart out, Homer accidentally takes him to a steel mill that turns into a gay dance club/bar after the work day is over.
* GayAesop
* GayMoment: Homer tries too damn hard to avoid these.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one scene, John is gossiping with Marge. He says that Helen Lovejoy's hair is blonde, but he's heard that "cuffs and collars don't match," which is another way of saying "The drapes doesn't match the carpet," which is used when the hair on a woman's head doesn't match the hair in her pubic area (assuming the woman has pubic hair).
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The reason Homer thought the cigarette ad would cure Bart. Ironically, the billboard could be interpreted as displaying homosexuality. [[DoubleStandard But Homer apparently only discriminates against homosexual men, not homosexual women]], like [[RealityIsUnrealistic a lot of entertainment media and men do in real life]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Homer's attempts to keep Bart in straight territory led them to visit a steel mill full with sweaty men in trousers who are too much into dancing.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Homer trying to keep Bart from becoming gay.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: And the prey turned hunters consisted of ''domesticated'' reindeer.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Homer tries to make Bart tougher by going hunting:
-->'''Bart''': Something about a bunch of guys alone together in the woods... seems kinda gay.
--> ''*beat*''
-->'''Homer''': That is a very immature attitude, young man!
* InkSuitActor: John looks exactly like Creator/JohnWaters, although his mustache is squigglier than in real life because it was easier to animate.
* MachoDisasterExpedition: See above. Also, when John saved them, Moe said he'd do ''anything''.
* ManlyGay: Roscoe, the foreman at the steel mill is implied to be this, although most of the workers are more of the [[CampGay effeminate kind]].
* NWordPrivileges: Homer berates John for using the word "queer" because "that's our word for making fun of you. We need it!"
* PapaWolf: When the reindeer attack Homer and Bart, Homer lifts Bart above his head to keep him out of harm's way while he takes the brunt of the attack.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Everyone at the steel mill.
* ARealManIsAKiller: The reason Homer, Moe and Barney took Bart to deer hunting.
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Upon seeing Bart with a Hawaiian t-shirt, Homer tells Marge that there are only two people who wears those shirts: gay guys and big fat party animals and Bart doesn't look like the latter to him.
-->'''Marge''': So if ''you'' wore a Hawaiian shirt, it wouldn't be gay?
-->'''Homer''': Right. ''Thank you!''
* VerySpecialEpisode: Not as sappy and preachy as most, but it does have a good message about treating homosexuals as equals and to accept your children, no matter their sexual orientation.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: The gay steel mill/nightclub