For decades, The Simpsons fans who have watched the Smithers not so secretly flatter their tough boss Montgomery Burns. In 2016, the Smithers finally came out as gay and admitted his true feelings for the villain.
Six years later, Smithers discusses his life in Springfield and working for his longtime lover in an exclusive interview with Attitude. Collector Malibu Stacy avidly shares that he first realized he was gay after watching Karl Malden in A Streetcar Named Desire.
“I remember watching A Streetcar Named Desire and being unbelievably attracted to the man on screen with such strong sexual energy – Karl Malden, who played Stanley’s friend,” Smithers said. “I’ve had a poster of him in my bedroom ever since.”
Smithers, who have dated a few quirky Springfield residents in the past, also had wise words for gay men who find themselves in love with straight guys.
He said others should learn from his experience and try not to “spend two decades of your life chasing someone who will never love you back”.
Smithers explains: “No matter how often you think about him, no matter how many love letters you send, it will never be used. “Because you’ll never be good enough for Karl Malden.”
But it’s not all bleak for the Smithers as he recently found true love on The Simpsons. In a November episode of the comedy series, titled “Portrait of a Dog Lost on Fire,” Smithers happily entered a relationship with billionaire fashion designer Michael de Graaf (Victor Garber). ).
The pair met after de Graaf visited Mr Burns’ mansion to adopt the puppy of one of his attack hounds. Homer Simpson introduced him to the Smithers, and the two immediately fell in love.
But Smithers told Attitude he wasn’t looking too far into the future, saying kids weren’t the card for the couple.
“No, I don’t think so,” Smithers said. “If I wanted to spoon-feed someone, burp them and change their diaper, I’d go to work.”
The Simpsons writer Johnny LaZebnik said he had “a lot of ideas” about what Smithers’ relationships would be like when he was “a celebrity obsessed with an old man”.
“I was like: ‘I feel like that would be a dad…'” LaZebnik said.
Matt Selman, an executive producer on The Simpsons, previously told EW that the show’s writers see the Smithers’ love life as “a sort of blank slate.”
Selman said: “The performance has kept him completely obsessed with Mr Burns the whole time. “So it’s a little bit like the Smithers, ‘Who am I going with?’
He described de Graaf as a “glamorous and ordinary” man, who loved that the Smithers “didn’t use him to be at the forefront of the fashion world”.
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“Smithers is a smart, hardworking, smart guy,” Selman said. “Michael is tired of people coming from the New York fashion scene where everyone has a agenda.”
He added: “He wanted an average Central American man who didn’t care about status and fashion.”
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