‘The Simpsons’ Clumsily Responded to Hari Kondabolu’s Apu Critique and Everyone’s Pissed

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‘The Simpsons’ Clumsily Responded to Hari Kondabolu’s Apu Critique and Everyone’s Pissed

'The Simpsons' Clumsily Responded to Hari Kondabolu's Apu Critique and Everyone's Pissed

Last year, Hari Kondabolu starred in The Problem with Apu — a documentary that exposed the problematic nature of The Simpsons‘ resident convenient store owner. Since then, Apu’s voice actor Hank Azaria has responded to the doc, and now the show itself has referenced it.

In the show’s April 8 episode, The Simpsons attempted to address the controversy by breaking the fourth wall. In a scene, Lisa Simpson addressed the audience’s concerns that the character of Apu was racist. 

“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect… What can you do?” she said. 

“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge Simpson said.

“If at all,” Lisa replied.

Watch the clip here:
 

The half-assed response to the controversy has stoked a great deal of controversy online. Kondabolu called the response “sad,” adding:
 

Kondabolu’s frequent collaborator W. Kamau Bell offered a more in-depth discussion of the episode’s disastrous reply. Read his entire thoughtful thread below.
 

 


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