On a very special episode of The Simpsons Sunday, we met a character named Dr. Wendy Sage. She’s a hypnotherapist and also a breast cancer survivor, one who has had a unilateral mastectomy and is also showing a visible scar from a port-o-cath, a device used to deliver chemotherapy.
The character was created and is voiced by Renee Ridgeley, an actress, writer and breast cancer survivor, who is also the wife of Simpsons show-runner Matt Selman. Speaking to Yahoo Life, Ridgeley explained that “Sage shows up as exactly who she is now. By living openly as a one-breasted woman, she sends a message of acceptance and wholeness celebrated by individuals in marginalized groups.”
Viewers on Twitter loved seeing this representation on the show, giving thanks and pointing out that “this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month done well.”
the Simpsons has a character with 1 boob and a port scar and I'm in love
— 🧡liese💜 (@frangipancakes) October 25, 2021
— Magwillti (@magwillti) October 25, 2021
Awesome! From one uniboober to another 💕
— Surviving Pink (@survivingpink_) October 25, 2021
And along with appearing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sage’s debut happened during an episode about body positivity, where Lisa develops a complex after Marge says she is looking “chunky.” The topic struck a chord with viewers as well, who thought the show handled a delicate discussion well.
I am FLOORED by the latest @TheSimpsons episode.
Great work, team!!!!
— Galactic Hippie Mira (@GalacticHippie9) October 25, 2021
I basically only watch new Simpsons out of muscle memory but the one tonight, which is about how casual body-talk by mothers can give daughters a complex, is one of the best I've seen in years.
— Mario Bava's Zack Sunday (@BudrykZack) October 25, 2021
Lisa's Belly was a great episode. with a very important issue how the words of an adult can hurt children, I loved how they solved the problem by introducing Dr. Sage cancer survivor, another very important topic.@mattselman @reneeridgeley @jaliza90
— Alex Ortega (@Alex_Simpsons23) October 25, 2021
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