After Marge befriends John, a gay store owner, Homer worries that his presence will have a negative effect on Bart's sexuality.


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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Steel Mill Worker #1 / Barney (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / "Cockamamie's" Salesgirl (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Steel Mill Worker #2 / Steel Mill Worker #3 / Steel Mill Worker #4 / Moe Szyslak / Annual Gift Man (voice)
Skinner / Smithers / Roscoe (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John (voice)


Homer fears that Bart's masculinity is at stake when he suspects he is being influenced by a flamboyant homosexual collectible store owner named John. All his efforts to show Bart how to be a man keep backfiring on him... or do they? Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Animation | Comedy


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16 February 1997 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though it had been banned in certain countries for explicitly stating homophobia throughout the episode, it has been praised throughout the LGBT community for giving anti-prejudicial message at the end of the episode. While the episode is no longer banned in the U.S, certain countries still refuse to air it for syndicated reruns. See more »


John is shown wearing Homer's old bowling shirt from the episode "Team Homer." At the end of that episode, that shirt was torn to shreds by one of Burns's hounds. See more »


[hiding underneath a trough]
Barney: Is it okay to come out now, Mr. Gay Man, sir?
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Everybody Dance Now
Written by Robert Clivillés and Freedom Williams
Performed by C+C Music Factory
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John Waters-The Simpsons-My Wet Dream
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Simpsons episode because it's the two things that me orgasm the most, John Waters and The Simpsons. Homer unknowingly befriends a gay shop owner (John Waters) and then is horrified to find out his sexuality. Upon the inncurence of this information, Homer begins to suspect Bart is turning gay. To turn him into a man he proceeds to take Bart on a series of adventures meant to turn him straight. Even if you don't know who Water's is this is still one of twenty best episodes of The Simpsons. You have Smithers showing his lighter side once again. Homer gets mad at John Waters for not being more gay. Which is endlessly funny. He couldn't be more gay. And, what isn't funny about Moe offering sexual favors to the same sex? What about a gay steel mill? Bump----bump-bump-bump everybody dance now. Zaaap! Zaaap!

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