I think a lot about The Simpsons being maybe the biggest and most significant cultural touchstone of my entire childhood.
It wasn’t exactly a “kids’ show,”, but it was a cartoon, it was funny, it was colorful, it was everywhere, and it was just grown-up enough to make us feel like we were getting away with something when we watched it.
You’re going to get kids in your audience when all those things line up, even if you’re not specifically writing for them.
For me, reruns of The Simpsons aired twice a day, five days a week, and that hour a day I spent watching the show was routinely the happiest hour of my entire day. It was a really big, formative part of my young life.
The end result is that I learned about a ton of books, movies, plays, people, and concepts for the first time through Simpsons jokes.
The show, intentionally or not, became a lens kids could use to start trying to process certain parts of the grown-up world.
And while the show wasn’t always the most socially conscientious thing in the world, the moments where it did have its shit together feel significant.
Anyway, here’s Homer and John simply and organically demonstrating the value of communities reclaiming slurs while simultaneously portraying Homer’s homophobia as cloying, obnoxious, ridiculous, and pathetic.