For decades "The Simpsons" has been a staple of American television.
Episode after episode, viewers have watched as the show's patriarch, Homer Simpson, encountered new and sometimes baffling political and social issues and subsequently learned and grew because of them and, as a result, many watching the show learned and grew too. In a recent HuffPost Live segment, David Mirkin, an executive producer for "The Simpsons," opened up about the show's legendary gay episode and the audience's ability to connect with Homer.
In the episode, Homer worries that the influence of a new openly gay family friend will have a negative influence on his son, Bart. In order to reinforce his son's heterosexuality, he takes him hunting.
"Because there's so much humor and because it's a cartoon, people are more accepting [of the subjects]. It seems less dire -- it seems less intense. And so it sneaks up on you, which is the greatest way to change minds and make people realize things. And they're connected to Homer so in going through his experience of learning and having that personal connection with someone is the greatest change."
Check out the clip above or head here to watch the segment in whole.
Also on HuffPost:
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place