When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet
Twenty years ago, filmmaker John Waters showed up on Fox’s animated sitcom and kick-started a gay revolution on TV. John Waters had no idea. He didn’t understand the power of the greatest television series of all time until kids started recognizing him in public. Twenty years ago, before his cult classic Hairspray was turned into a Broadway smash, The Pope of Trash was largely known for making movies from which parents shielded their children’s eyes. That began to change soon after February 16, 1997, the night Waters appeared on The Simpsons.