‘Simpsons’ Smithers gay reveal was inspired by Jewish writer’s son

The Simpsons’ show writer Rob LaZebnik tells The New York Post he penned the episode in support of his own 21-year-old son, Johnny, who is gay.

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When Waylon Smithers Jr. finally comes out Sunday night after 27 years in the closet on “The Simpsons,” he won’t be the only one celebrating.

Longtime show writer Rob LaZebnik tells The Post he penned the episode in support of his own 21-year-old son, Johnny, who is gay.

“I am a Midwestern guy, so I don’t tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, but I thought, ‘What better way to tell my son I love him than to write a cartoon about it?’ ” says Rob.

Not that the younger LaZebnik needed confirmation from an animated pop-culture icon.

“The revelation that my father loves me is not much of a revelation, thankfully. He’s unbelievably accepting,” says Johnny, a senior psychology major and film minor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. “We’re as close as a straight dad and a gay son could be.”

Continue reading in the New York Post

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Johnny LaZebnik in Yaffo, during Taglit-Birthright trip in 2014 (photo: Facebook)