Why Homer Simpson is no longer strangling Bart

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Hit animated TV series The Simpsons has retired one of its recurring scenes, saying Homer strangling his son Bart is no longer appropriate because “times have changed”.

The decision was revealed in the third episode of the long-running show’s 35th season, in which Homer indicates he is a changed man after more than 750 instalments about life in fictional Springfield.

The Simpsons family are changing with the times. Credit: AP Photo/Fox

Titled “McMansion & Wife”, the episode sees Homer and his wife Marge decide to drop in on their new neighbour, Thayer.

Homer, who works as a safety inspector at the Springfield nuclear power plant, reaches out to shake his hand, and Thayer remarks what a strong grip he has.

“See, Marge, strangling the boy paid off,” says Homer. “Just kidding, I don’t do that any more. Times have changed.”

Homer strangling Bart had been a regular feature of the animated comedy sitcom since it first aired in 1989.

His son had angered him. “Why you little…” a hapless Homer would often yell if his son had angered him, while squeezing his neck until Bart’s eyes could be seen bulging out.

Homer’s behaviour was addressed during an episode in season 22, when a therapist attempted to get him to see the error of his ways. The joke reappeared in later instalments before seemingly being phased out.

Some fans of the show welcomed news of the scene seemingly being finally retired, saying the joke had worn thin.

“I knew my man Homer was gonna learn. He’s a smart fella,” one social media user said. “Homer finally learnt.”

Another added that it “took him … years but he [Homer] finally learnt”.

The award-winning show, created by Matt Groening, has largely stuck to its ways for much of its long and successful history. Indeed, it was only earlier this year the show removed a cigarette machine from the rear of Moe’s Tavern, where it had stood for 30 seasons.

Telegraph, London

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