Simpsons retires Homer choking Bart gag: “Times have changed”

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has seemingly retired their iconic gag of Homer choking Bart when he gets frustrated, with Homer making a self-referential statement that: “times have changed.”

Homer has been choking Bart since 1989 but apparently that will no longer be the case. During a scene in the episode which aired on October 22, Homer explained that he doesn’t do that anymore in a conversation.

While it’s the comment was a joke in and of itself it does appear that the gag just isn’t a thing anymore. Some social media users praised the change but ironically, at least one fan pointed out that removing the gag gave it more gravitas and made it feel worse than it was.

Meanwhile other fans point out that choking kids has never been ok and that removing the gag feels like it tacitly implies that back in 1989 it was (it wasn’t).

The Simpsons is currently owned by Disney after the company acquired 21st Century Fox.



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