I am getting another tattoo in late February. It is going to be a tattoo of Homer Simpson. From the TV show The Simpsons. (No! Shocking…) But I have a theory about Homer that I haven’t seen or heard anyone cover before. Homer Simpson, while a bald, drunken fatass, might be on the Autism Spectrum. Ok, hear me out here. Any Family Guy fans out there know that Peter Griffin is very similar to Homer, and he was diagnosed with mental retardation (Autism) in one episode.
So why is it so out of the realm of possibility that Homer Simpson has the same? I am a lifelong Simpson’s fan. I mean no harm or disrespect to Family Guy OR the Simpsons. I guess it could be all the Duff Beer and the fact Homer works at a nuclear power plant but damn if my theory doesn’t have some merit.
To prove my point, I’d like to point out the episode “HOMR”. This might throw a monkey wrench in my theory but bear with me here. In the episode HOMR, it is revealed that Homer is such a dumbass due to a blue crayon in his brain. In a flashback, Homer Simpson is shown as a 6 year old shoving a 16 pack of crayons up his nose. Dumb, yes. But kids do stuff like that.
Homer actually becomes a genius when the crayon is removed. This is not a “cured” episode since Homer goes back to his former self at the end of the episode. But is it possible that Homer suffered some form of mental damage at the hands of a crayon?
I can sort of see Homer’s perspective. He can be weird and downright idiotic at times, but I blame Duff Beer. And also an undiagnosed form of Autism. I do think it might be a good thing Homer is not diagnosed, though. Yes it would explain a LOT but it also might ruin the aesthetic of Homer as a whole. If Homer were to get an Autism diagnosis it might actually cause a negative ripple effect of Autism. A sort of rift in the Simpsons time-continuum if you will.
It might have a negative impact on the Autism community. Yes, it would explain more than everything about why Homer acts so blissful and ignorant, but like any other “role model” with Autism on TV (take Julia on Sesame Street for example) a lesser mind might assume everyone with Autism is Homer, and vice-versa.
So let me know if you think my theory is right or if I just pulled a Homer and acted SMRT-Er than I really am. Thank for reading!