So, what happened? The producers had always intended for him to be white, but a blunder occurred at the animation stage and the color scheme was completely messed up.
The animators were originally going to go along with this, until someone pointed out that having a black subservient character might cause controversy, so they changed the color scheme back in his second appearance.
For those of you left a bit confused by this, Waylon Smithers is Mr Burns’ assistant and care-provider in the TV show the Simpsons. He has an unhealthy obsession with ‘Malibu Stacy’ dolls and is often used to represent the stereotype of a closet gay man.
Some more interesting facts about The Simpsons:
- Many characters’ middle initial is J.
- Kang and Kodos, the two alien characters, are named after Star Trek characters.
- The Simpsons holds the world records for the longest running prime time TV show and most guest stars on a TV show.
- The series has parodied Citizen Kane so often that it has often been claimed you could re-enact the entire movie using clips from the show.
- Many characters are named after streets in Portland, Oregon.