“Release the hounds!”
As we live and breathe the era of outing in Tinseltown, another revered and hugely successful icon has been exposed: The Simpsons.
A documentary released last year, called The Problem with Apu, made by actor and standup comic Hari Kondabolu, takes aim at the show’s portrayal of the Kwik-E-Mart owner, Apu, using some big name celebrities to argue that the character is a racist stereotype.
As Ned Flanders would say, “Okily Dokily.”
The show has now released a new episode titled “No Good Read Goes Unpunished”, in response. In it, Lisa turns to the camera and says: “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”
Lisa then looks at a picture of Apu with the catchphrase “Don’t have a cow!” written on it.
“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge says.
“If at all,” Lisa responds.
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect… What can you do?” pic.twitter.com/Bj7qE2FXWN
— Soham (@soham_burger) April 9, 2018
The documentary director, Kondabolu, tweeted this in response:
Wow. “Politically Incorrect?” That’s the takeaway from my movie & the discussion it sparked? Man, I really loved this show. This is sad. https://t.co/lYFH5LguEJ
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 9, 2018