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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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I can totally understand if religious zealots would express concerns about this, except for one thing: HE'S AN F-ING CARTOON!


Internet Bettors Believe Devout Christian Ned Flanders Will Be 'Outed' On The Simpsons

January 18 -- Internet wagering on "The Simpsons" is continuing to take center stage at BetUS.com since the company posted odds on the mystery gay character who will be "outed" in an upcoming episode. Rumors have been circulating since last summer on who it might be, but in recent weeks the debate and speculation have turned into big money wagers.

"It appears that many of our customers have an opinion on who the gay character is," says Mike Foreman, spokesperson for BetUS.com. "We've taken more than 900 bets, mostly on Patty and Smithers."

According to Foreman, Marge's sister Patty was the favorite at 4/5 with Smithers trailing at 4/1 to be "outed." Ned Flanders is posted as 15/1, making the devout-Christian character a long shot; however, several large wagers have been placed on his character, which has come as a surprise to the bookmaker.

"We were positive that Patty would be the bettors' favorite, seeing that she has been identified in many online sources as the gay character thanks to a leak at Fox," says Foreman. "Nevertheless, it seems that our customers believe that Patty is just a rumor planted by the network to throw viewers off."

The Simpsons series is known to push the envelope, highlighting hypocrisy and culturally-based ignorance. Critically acclaimed for its fresh and cynical storylines, it is the longest running cartoon featured on prime-time television.

Foreman suggested that BetUS.com's customers are not necessarily betting on who's gay; it's a matter of how far the show is willing to go. The series has sparked controversy more than once, and if the mystery character is Ned Flanders, The Simpsons-gay debate may explode.

"Don't be surprised if the gay character is Flanders," says Foreman. "Can you imagine the controversy Matt Groening and writers will create if Ned comes out of the closet!"

Read the entire article here --> http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050118/mxtu001_1.html

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