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The Simpsons: Same sex Marriage Episode

post #1 of 25
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I was watching the AMW on Fox when this commercial for the Simpsons comes on... They will be covering same sex marriages tomorrow... Fox even slapped a parental advisory on this episode... I guess Matt Groenig who is the creator of the Simpsons is getting grown-up with the episodes now..... I am gonna watch it because I like the Simpsons regardless. I hope there wont be any complaints about the show tomorrow.

Will you watch it? And what do You think about this?
post #2 of 25
The parental discretion thing is probably a good idea, it protects them from any problems with parents complaining.
I don't watch the Simpsons anymore, but if I did then I would still watch this particular epidsode. It's really not a big deal, just another episode. Also, if I had a kid I wouldn't care if they watched it either.
post #3 of 25
I see nothing wrong with it, unless it was making fun of or degrading. If two people love each other, that's all that matters. I would raise my kids to be open, and caring. Not hateful and closeminded.
post #4 of 25
The wonderful thing with the Simpsons is the way they pick up on society's problems and poke fun at attitudes without really offending people. I would watch it and hope that people would learn from it to be tolerant.
post #5 of 25
I'm watching!!! I love the Simpsons!!!!!! I'm excited to see same sex marriage. I'm hoping it willl show that same sex marriage is really no big deal and doesn't hurt anyone. But I have a feeling it's going to be filled sterotypical images of gays and lesbians. Never the less it'm watching!!!
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by MyRage
I see nothing wrong with it, unless it was making fun of or degrading. If two people love each other, that's all that matters. I would raise my kids to be open, and caring. Not hateful and closeminded.
I am with you 100%!!
In 11 or 12 years of being on the air, the Simpsons have stayed on top of the hot button issues in America. What is a hotter issue right now than gay marriage?
I applaud the Simpsons for tackling this issue. While the show does poke fun at many people, it is always very obviously done in fun and with a lot of heart. I have no doubt that tonight's show will very pointedly highlight the ignorance that some people have towards equal rights in America. Bravo Simpsons!!!
post #7 of 25
Certainly not the first time The Simpsons has episodes dealing with gays/lesbians. I mean, come on...Smithers is so flaming it's ridiculous!

Interesting point I thought of, though...it's up agains the Oscars tonight. They will most definitely have lower ratings because of that.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Interesting point I thought of, though...it's up agains the Oscars tonight. They will most definitely have lower ratings because of that.
The Oscars are no next week Sun Feb. 27th not tonight
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Certainly not the first time The Simpsons has episodes dealing with gays/lesbians. I mean, come on...Smithers is so flaming it's ridiculous!

Interesting point I thought of, though...it's up agains the Oscars tonight. They will most definitely have lower ratings because of that.


The Oscars are on February 27th, not tonite...you scared me for a sec...thought I was going to miss 'em!
post #10 of 25
Oops! Sorry guys...I'm just losing all track of February!
post #11 of 25
So what did everyone think of last night's episode? Yes, it had it's stereotypes (LPGA, young girl dressing up as a construction worker), but it also did a great job of tackling the hypocricies of many people when it comes to the issue of gay marriage.
The only thing that actually bothered me was the warning at the beginning of the show..."This show deals with homosexuality, parental guidance suggested." Now, I'm not a parent (yet), but I definitely think that once my children are old enough to watch the Simpson, they are certainly old enough to learn about homosexuality and basic human rights in a non-discriminatory way. Sigh. I guess that's Fox for ya....
post #12 of 25
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I guess that's Fox for ya....
Nah, that's not Fox...that's the whole paranoia about getting fined for "indecent" material that isn't defined, and knowing that self-appointed watchdog group (super conservative Christian values group) will be watching and WILL complain to the FCC. Fox has always been a network to push the envelope (Anyone see American Dad? ).

Personally, I didn't think it was one of the better Simpson's episodes on the whole, but it did a good job of looking at how people treat their own families. I thought the whole thing with Homer marrying anyone to anything was dumb, and especially the part where he fantasizes about loving himself. I'm sure that was meant to show how preposterous that claim by the hard-core fundamentalist Christians is, but the people who believe it anyway will see it that it's just a small step away and Homer doing it as proof.
post #13 of 25
My son loves the Simpsons but we did not let him watch
this episode.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
So what did everyone think of last night's episode? Yes, it had it's stereotypes (LPGA, young girl dressing up as a construction worker), but it also did a great job of tackling the hypocricies of many people when it comes to the issue of gay marriage.
Yeah it did. It was ok
post #15 of 25
I thought the scene where Homer imagined marrying himself was hilarous!
Is it just me, or did Marge seem to represent a reverse Dick Cheney (who is very right but says that he supports his daughter, who is a lesbian), with her support of gay marriage but hesitant at her sister's gay marriage? I thought that was very sharp!
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by chelle
My son loves the Simpsons but we did not let him watch
this episode.
How old is your son and why didn't you allow him to watch last night's episode?
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
How old is your son and why didn't you allow him to watch last night's episode?
I was curious about the same thing myself.
post #18 of 25
i havent seen it. who married who?
post #19 of 25
The tourism dropped to nothing because of Bart and Milhouse playing pranks on a reporter, so in order to boost the tourist income Lisa suggested that they legalize gay marriage. When Rev. Lovejoy refused to marry same-sex couples, Homer went online and became ordained so he could marry them and make money.

Patty came out and was going to get married to a lady, who Marge discovered to really be a man posing as a woman to play on the LPGA. Marge had previously balked at the idea of Patty being a lesbian, and objected during the wedding and spilled the beans on Patty's fiance, thus showing Patty that she accepted Patty and wanted her to be happy.
post #20 of 25
thats quite sweet!

does anyone remember the episode of simpsons which started with the gay pride parade? there was a float called 'still in the closet' with a big closet in which a conclealed patty and smithers waved out from singing somwthing like "we'r here, we'r queer, we'r going to stay right here"

oh and the gay dogs!

homosexuality has cropped up quite a few times in simpsons before and no-ones really complained. it was only a matter of time before they jumped on the gay marriage band wagon.
post #21 of 25
yeah I saw that one.... a while ago though
post #22 of 25
channel four has just bought the rights to the repeats so theyr showing them again here.

i wonder if anyone finds the way the simpsons portrays homosexuality offensive? smithers malibu stacey collection? the gay steel mill?
post #23 of 25
I have to say, too, that it's not just The Simpsons that are dealing with gay issues in the storylines right now. On The O.C. and Desperate Housewives there are now storylines about gay main characters or at least they are coming to that conclusion. Those are both very, very popular shows right now with totally different demographics, and different still from the demographic of The Simpsons.
post #24 of 25
is there a site where i can watch the simpsons in english?? lol
we havent got a tv yet and it just doesnt sound right in german.
post #25 of 25
My kids are teens now, but back in the day, they weren't allowed to watch the Simpsons either. More their father's decision than mine, but I don't totally disagree. The humor is definitely more geared toward adults than kids.
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