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Fridge / The Simpsons S5 E14 "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"

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    • Bart mentions that Lisa forced the family into marching in a gay rights parade. On, many people asked why Smithers (who is established to be gay and in love with his boss) isn't in the front page photo. The answer: either he wasn't in the shot or (more realistically) he was still in the closet about his homosexuality at the time of this episode (and gay pride parades celebrate those who are open about their homosexuality). The second possibility becomes clearer after seeing the scene in season 13's "Jaws Wired Shut" where Smithers and Patty are in the "Stayin' in the Closet" float (the float that celebrates homosexuals and lesbians who choose not to come out about their sexual orientation). That, and at the time the episode was written, Smithers was just Burnssexual (meaning he's gay, but it's a case of Single-Target Sexuality), not fully homosexual.

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