The censors stated that they did not like the use of the word " gay ", or the discussion of homosexuality at all, and closed with a paragraph which stated that "the topic and substance of this episode are unacceptable for broadcast ". And of course, Bart being completely clueless as well was a nice touch. It was the fourth-highest-rated show on the Fox Network that week. There were a few taboos left for John Waters to shatter. According to Oakley, the Fox censor objected to "Homer's Phobia" being aired. The episode features numerous cultural references.
The chariot is called the " Chubby Chaser ", which in the gay community is a term for a man who is attracted to overweight men.
Retrieved September 25, Anderson as Mikel B. When Homer asks where he's going to sleep, Spangler replies, "We can worry about that when we're standing naked before the bed! The original concept for the episode came from a few lines of show ideas written by George Meyer. Homer then escorts him to see a steel mill to show Bart a manly environment; however, the entire workforce is gay, and during their breaks, they turn the steel mill into a gay disco. Instead of Homer, Bart, Barney, and Moe going deer hunting and ending up at "Santa's Village" they would go back to the steel mill.
Retrieved September 25, Season 8 Episode This is a reference to the urban legend that Velez was found dead with her head in the toilet the night of her suicide in Marge Simpson voice Nancy Cartwright Said that women disgusted him, but appeared to be physically attracted to Abe.