Harry Shearer came to speak at the University of Georgia. At the end of his presentation, someone in audience asked if Smithers was gay. Shearer replied that according to the writers of the show, Smithers and Burns were "just friends."
When Yeardley Smith was in Melbourne, Ms. Smith was asked if Smithers was gay. Ms. Smith said it didn't start out that way, but somewhere along the line, the writers just started throwing in homosexual references for no particular reason. And they intend to keep doing so as well. As Jerry Seinfeld would say, "not that there's anything wrong with that!"
At a presentation in San Francisco, someone asked David Silverman if there were any gay characters. Silverman said "Smithers and Karl (Homer's secretary from 7F02)". End of story.
Innuendoes from the Series
[7G07] "The Telltale Head"
When Burns is overcome with emotion, he tells Smithers that he loves him. Smithers replies, "The feeling is more than mutual, sir."
[8F09] Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk
Burns informs Smithers that he named his queen bee after him. In the Sherlock Holmes story "His Last Bow," Holmes retires and becomes a beekeeper in much the same way Burns does in 8F09. Both were later coaxed out of retirement. Both stories dealt with Germans. The fact that Burns names the queen bee after Smithers is an expression of a long time friendship and service is similar to how Holmes views his relationship with Watson, a loveable but dim-witted sidekick. However, the fact that Smithers stands for a long time braving the bee stings seems to indicate that his motives are far from pure.
[9F05] Marge Gets a Job
When Burns fantasies about Marge, he asks Smithers about that dream where you're in bed and they fly in through the window. Smithers groans with pleasure, imagining Burns himself flying through his bedroom window. Smithers says, "You've been reading my wishbook, sir."
[1F05] Bart's Inner Child
At the "Do What You Feel" Festival, Burns fails to hear Smithers confession of love for him. Afterwards, Smithers quitely says, "Oh, who am I kidding? The boathouse was the time!" A boathouse is the place in many "stories" of homosexual encounters. Smithers' comment that "the boathouse was the time" may have been a reference to E.M. Forster's "Maurice." In the book (and the Merchant Ivory film), Maurice fulfilled his yearning for a virileyoung groundskeeper in the boathouse of a college friend.
[1F12] Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey
When Lisa seeks Smithers for help in contacting the inventor of Malibu Stacey, Smithers gets the information from his home computer. When heturns the computer on, the computer screen shows a nude Burns that utters in broken English: "Hello, Smithers. You're quite good at turning me on."
[1F20] Secrets of a Successful Marriage
In a flashback, Smithers explains why he "couldn't keep his marriage together." Smithers' flashback is a reference to Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," about a husband (Brick) who is having difficulties with his wife (Maggie) because he is gay."
[1F21] Lady Bouvier's Lover
In this episode, Smithers basically shows a lot of resentment towards Burns courting Marge's mother. When Burns asks for help in composing a love letter, Smithers recites "`Darling one, read my words and hear my heart speak of a love soft and undying: a love that will be with you always. Sincerely, yatta, yatta, yatta." Burns asks how he thought it up so fast. Smithers cries, "I sent it to you on your birthday! [sob] Excuse me, I have something in my eye!"
[2F02] Sideshow Bob Roberts
Smithers makes a comment that Sideshow Bob's ultra-conservative views conflicts with his "choice of lifestyle."
[2F08] Fear of Flying
When a record thrown by Moe hits Smithers in the head, Smithers appears to get excited when he sees the record's title "It's raining Men."
[3F06] Mother Simpson
When Burns and the police arrive at the Simpsons house, Burns discovers Smithers had recorded over his tape of "Ride of the Valkyries" with a recording of ABBA's "Waterloo". There's a stereotype that gay people really like ABBA.
[3F14] Homer the Smithers
Smithers goes on vacation to a resort where "taking pictures" is
forbidden. Smithers calls Burns from a bar where men are visibly dancing with other men. Smithers heads a conga line composed of only men. Smithers drives a speedboat, pulling a pyramid of men in Speedos.
[3F17] Bart on the Road
Smithers mentions that he is partial to "Jolly Ranchers." "Jolly," is a synonym for the traditional meaning of "gay."
[3F19] The Curse of the Flying Hellfish
Smithers tells Burns that he is "familiar with Grampa's physical state."
[3F23] You Only Move Twice
Smithers is offered a job featuring insurance coverage for him and his "life partner."
[4F06] Bart After Dark
Smithers is "caught on film" leaving a burlesque house. Burns demands an explanation; Smithers replies, "My parents insisted I give it a try."
[3F24] El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer
While at the chili cook-off, Smithers asks Marge to dance. When this episode aired, this incident caused many to question his homosexuality. However, his flamboyant outfit "neutralizes any straight tendencies he might show for several episodes to come."
[4F15] Homer vs. the Eighteenth
At Moe's speakeasy, Smithers is briefly shown sitting next to Mr. Burns, drinking a flamboyant cocktail of some kind (brightly colored, slice of lemon, parasol...)
[4F17] The Old Man and the Lisa
When Mr. Burns is shocked at "Hit Man" Hart's "old man smell" remark, Smithers tells him he has an enchanting musk.
[4F20] The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase
Smithers is head of the "Waylon Smithers Dancers" on "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour." Plus, he performs a slightly-altered version of Devo's "Whip It" while wearing a pair of very revealing chaps.
[5F05] Lisa the Skeptic
When it appears that the world is coming to an end, Smithers says "Oh, what the hell," and kisses Mr. Burns full on the lips. Afterwards, he makes some lame excuses about it being "a sign of deepest respect."
[5F23] The Joy of Sect
Mr. Burns asks if Smithers sees him as a god, and if he would kneel before him, which Smithers readily assents. (If you don't catch the significance of "kneeling," just think of Smithers as "Monica" and Mr. Burns as "Bill.")
[3G04] Simpson Tide
During the "In the Navy" musical number, Smithers is seen dancing next to the Village People. (And for those of you ignorant of the Village People's oeuvre, "In the Navy" is full to the brim with gay undertones, just like their best-known song, "YMCA.")
[5F14] The Trouble with Trillions
At his apartment, Smithers is seen in a pink bathrobe, ironing, and singing "Everything's Coming Up Roses." (It is a popular stereotype that gay men worship Broadway divas like Ethel Merman, Lena Horne, and Liza Minnelli).
[5F22] Bart the Mother
Smithers is at the Bird-Watcher's meeting with Mr. Burns, wearing a flamboyantly pink shirt. (Of course, just because he's wearing a pink shirt doesn't mean he's some kind of...pink donut eater.)
[AABF02] D'oh-in in the Wind
Smithers attends "Guys and Dolls" with Mr. Burns. (As stated above, it is a stereotype that gay men are devotees of musical theatre).
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