A gay rights grouip is demanding an apology from a cartoon character on “The Simpsons” for uttering a homophobic slur on the show’s Halloween episode.
Nelson Muntz, the goofball bully on the hit Fox show, set off a firestorm Sunday night by insulting his nerdy classmate Milhouse Van Houten by saying, “That’s so gay.”
While Nelson’s verbal poke at Milhousewas meant to get laughs, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) responded with a rebuke.
“Nelson’s use of ‘that’s so gay’ in a negative way is not surprising considering that 90% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth say they hear the term used thisway frequently or often at school,” the group said in a statement issued yesterday.
GLSEN directed Nelson – known for his trademark phrase “Ha Ha!” – to go to its Web site, ThinkB4YouSpeak.com, and “send an apologetic e-card to Milhouse.”
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