The Simpsons, to me, is like Shakespeare (Don’t stop reading, hear me out.): Both have the bawdy humor for the groundlings, but also appeal to the more educated set with subtle inside jokes. This is why I think the show is genius. But at any rate, the show had an interesting segment that involved transgender.
In last Sunday’s episode (It’s at about 2:30 on the video available on FOX.com.), a suit calls attention to the fact that Krusty Burgers are ridiculously unhealthy, so Krusty, a sleazy clown host of a children’s show, decides to put the food that isn’t in any of the meals, vegetables, “and [to] make sure it has none of those unhealthy, he-she sounding things,” meaning transfats.
While this is The Simpsons, a show that pokes fun at everything, and it is in the character of Krusty to be extremely politically incorrect, I was still kind of surprised. When Krusty said “he-she sounding things,” I had no idea what he was referencing. When the suit replied with “transfats,” I was puzzled. I supposed transgender is a similar word to transfats in that they both start with trans, but I would never confuse the two words. But it wouldn’t be out of character for Krusty to confuse them, I suppose. (He did go on to say, “And sprinkle a little nicotine on the kid’s meals. Get them hooked early.”) Maybe I am so immersed in queerness that of course I would find this strange when other people wouldn’t.
I wonder what the writers were thinking when they were constructing this episode.