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?


This video was initially banned in some parts of the United States for its insinuation to homophobia, it can still be seen on the Internet and season dvd/bluray. 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 »


Marge: [about a gay man] Homer, he prefers the company of men.
Homer: Who doesn't?
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References Lost in Space (1965) See more »


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Great Episode that Explores a Theme no Show had Neve Dealt with Previously,
13 May 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Homers Phobia is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline with loads of really funny scenes.The episode is an absolute classic episode of the Simpsons,and is also a very groundbreaking episode for its time,as it's storyline heavily revolves around a gay character,which no show had previously dealt with.The character,John (voiced by John Waters) is such a memorable character,his personality and his interest in all things collectible are hilarious and this makes him without a doubt one if the highlights of the eight season.Watching Homer trying to get Bart interested in more manly things is also very funny and memorable,this episode is without a doubt a classic.Homers Phobia is a great episode of the Simpsons.

After the family befriends a gay man,Homer is frightened when Bart starts to behave like him and try's get him interested in more manly activities.

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