The Simpsons have phased out the portrayal of Homer strangling Bart, citing changes in the times.

'Why you little...' has become an iconic catchphrase in the world of The Simpsons. Since its debut in December 1989, the show, centered around the lives of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer, and Marge at 742 Evergreen Terrace, has entertained millions. Despite the dysfunctional aspects of family life depicted in the series, it has consistently brought laughter to its audience.
However, humor can sometimes lose its appeal over time. The scene of Homer strangling his 10-year-old son Bart, lifting him off the ground, and squeezing his throat so tight that his tongue pops out and his eyes bulge, is no longer considered a timeless gag.

Allegedly, the show's creator, Matt Groening, intended to portray Homer's anger without resorting to spanking his kids. He opted for strangling, considering it so unrealistic that it would be humorous. Surprisingly, this choice faced little criticism for a significant period. People didn't voice concerns about the racial stereotypes linked to the character Apu until around 2017, and it wasn't prominent enough to attract media attention until then. A documentary titled "The Problem With Apu" even delved into this issue.

Recently, a user expressed astonishment that The Simpsons retired the strangling gag after more than 30 years. "Took them long enough," he commented. In any case, Homer has indeed ceased strangling Bart, and the show has provided explanations for this decision.

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