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‘The Simpsons’ Responds To Criticism About Apu In Recent Episode

The Simpsons, currently in its 29th season, responded to the row over the racial stereotyping of one of its characters, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voiced by Hank Azaria), which was brought to the fore by Hari Kondabolu, a stand-up comic who delved into this subject in the documentary The Problem With Apu.

The makers of The Simpsons, on Sunday’s episode, addressed the row by having Lisa Simpson break the fourth wall and wonder what can be done for ‘something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect’. The episode, titled ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished’, features a scene with Marge Simpson sitting in bed with her daughter Lisa, reading a book called The Princess in the Garden, and attempting to make it inoffensive for 2018.

The show’s response towards the criticism it faced for stereotyping an Indian character who ran a convenience store and spoke in a thick “Indian” accent, did not amuse several Twitter users.

Kondabolu was disgruntled with The Simpsons‘ response that the biggest takeaway from his documentary was that Apu’s characterisation was “politically incorrect”.


Others slammed the longest running TV show for its ”toothless” response.

And this user even shared his story, of having an Indian father who moved to the USA and eventually ran his convenience store, much more than what The Simpsons had stereotyped.