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Homer Will No Longer Strangle Son Bart in The Simpsons [Video]

The much-loved animated comedy has retired one of its longest-running gags.

via: The Independent

After 34 years on air and more than 750 episodes produced, The Simpsons could be expected to be stuck in its ways.

Yet, a new edition of the much-loved cartoon has shown its willingness to keep moving with the culture that surrounds it, as patriarch Homer Simpson has revealed he no longer strangles his son, Bart.

A running joke in the animated series has involved Homer reprimanding his mischievous eldest child by squeezing his neck tightly, to the extent that Bart’s eyes bulge and his tongue sticks out.

Despite being one of the most recognisable features of Homer and Bart’s father-son dynamic, the action has been frequently criticised for its brutality.

But in the third episode of season 35, titled “McMansion & Wife”, Homer declares that he’s changed his ways when he and his wife Marge pay a visit to their new neighbour, Thayer.

When Homer introduces himself with a handshake, the new character remarks how firm Homer’s grip is. “See, Marge, strangling the boy paid off,” Homer remarks, before adding: “Just kidding, I don’t do that anymore. Times have changed.”

The episode first aired late last month (22 October), but the remark from Homer generated online conversation when the scene was posted by a viewer on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday (2 November).

“Took them long enough lmao,” the user, BabyLamb5, added as a caption.

In response, other fans of the show commended Homer acknowledging his disturbing actions towards Bart. One comment reads: “I knew my man Homer was gonna learn.”

The last time Homer was depicted strangling Bart was in season 31 (2019-2020). However, the topic of parent-child violence had been covered on several occasions before that.

In the season 22 episode “Love is a Many Strangled Thing”, Homer attends a “fathering enrichment class” after encouragement from Marge. During the class, a towering basketball player (played by real-life former NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar) teaches Homer what it feels like “to be young, small, and terrified” by strangling him, and inviting others to do the same.

Traumatised by his experience, Homer later finds that he is unable to strangle Bart.

However, in season 24’s “Love is a Many-Splintered Thing”, Homer resumes his punishment method, and is shown choking Bart in front of his friend, Milhouse, who finds the ordeal frightening.

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