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)
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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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Syndication cuts the scene where John comments on Marge's corn-pattern drapes in the kitchen. See more »


John points out the plumbing supply store where Lupe Velez bought the toilet in which she drowned. Velez's death by drowning is an urban legend with no basis in fact. Its origin is generally attributed to the book "Hollywood Babylon" by Kenneth Anger. See more »


[to Bart]
Homer: He didn't give you gay, did he? Did he?
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References Pink Flamingos (1972) See more »


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Homer's Phobia
28 July 2009 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best episodes the Simpsons have produced. It just worked. It had a strong family-story background, a great deal of inventive jokes and set pieces, a brilliant guest star and warnings about evil metal Santas from Japan.

Seriously though, one of the best things about this episode is the depiction of John. He may have been stereotypically campy but he never freaked out, became militant or resentful over Homer's reaction to finding out he was gay. He took it for what it was: a guy who didn't get what he was freaking out about.

I know it's the Simpsons, but it would have been easy for it to become some sort of gays vs. straights political war.

And of course, Bart being completely clueless as well was a nice touch.

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