YMMV / The Simpsons S 8 E 15 Homers Phobia

  • Don't Shoot the Message: The episode itself is divisive, but the message needs to be heard: Gays are people too, and parents need to be more accepting of their child's sexuality, as long as it's not with children or animals.
  • Fair for Its Day: At the time, it delivered what was considered a largely positive view of gays, with the message that gays should be accepted as human beings. However, viewed today, that same episode can come across as juvenile, if not hypocritical, for simultaneously indulging in broad gay stereotypes (though that would be nothing compared to what "Three Gays of the Condo" had). It doesn't help that the working title was "Bart The Homo."
    • However, it should be noted that the "manly man" mentality is mocked as well here, yet is not as noticed as the above mentionned jokes.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In one scene, Moe says "Used to be if you wanted to make a boy into a man you'd send him off to war. But there aren't even any wars anymore. Thank you very much, Warren Christopher!". Then, The War on Terror happened...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bart does become a party animal (complete with Hawaiian shirt) in the episode Bart To The Future.
    • Homer and Bart getting saved by a robot Santa Claus is funnier thanks to Futurama having their own Robot Santa as a major character.