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This is the Simpsons pro same-sex marriage episode. Why they can’t be supportive of gay and lesbian people without spewing shit all over trans people, I have no clue.
In this episode, Marge’s sister, Patty, comes out of the closet, bringing home her fiance, Veronica. Marge, despite supposedly being liberal, has some issues with this, and causes a rift between them. Before the wedding, Marge discovers Veronica in the bathroom peeing standing up, and then shaving while singing “Dude Looks Like a Lady”. This is complete with the “She’s a man!” gasping revelation from Marge.
Marge interrupts the wedding, shouting “Veronica is a man!” and tearing her dress to reveal her adam’s apple. Then Sideshow Mal points and exclaims, “look at the size of that adam’s apple!”
So, Veronica reveals that she was only pretending to be a woman in order to get on the LPGA tour. She then makes a heartfelt plea to Patty to marry her anyway, as a man.
To which Patty replies, “Hell no, I like girls!” Everyone applauds.
You may be saying to yourself, “But this doesn’t count. Veronica was only pretending to be a woman! So she could play golf!”
Well, the writers of this episode were, of course, cis. And this is how cis people usually see trans people. As pretending to be women for some reason (usually to sleep with straight men or lesbians). It’s kind of like in Ace Ventura; if you look at it as though the villain, Lois Einhorn, is pretending to be a man, without realizing that the stated reason behind it (to disguise herself, because no one would believe she was just a different man!) is incredibly flimsy, then it doesn’t look as bad. But when you realize that this is just how the writer sees us, queasiness sets in.
Wow, fuck Glaad
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was welcoming of the episode, calling it “a ray of light”. GLAAD executive director Joan Garry enjoyed seeing Marge’s transformation, from having ambivalent feelings for her sister to then supporting her. He commented that “when Marge learns that Patty’s about to marry someone who isn’t really a lesbian, she comes to realize that what her sister really deserves is to be in love with and married to a person who’s right for her. If millions of Simpsons viewers came away from last night’s episode with that little bit of moral truth, it was time well spent.”
In Case Gay People Thought That The SImpsons Writers Were On Their Side
According to Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, the episode also had supporters among conservative groups. He told Encore magazine that “gay people came out very much in favor of it and were happy with the episode, but arch conservatives and right-wing Christians loved the episode, too, because they seemed to think we were making fun of gay people. We really had it both ways.”
The Simpsons, Season 16, episode 10 There’s Something About Marrying. February 20, 2005