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People Are Pissed At ‘The Simpsons’ For The Show’s Shitty Response To The Apu Controversy

"Man, I really loved this show. This is sad."

The Simpsons has come under fire for its sensationally shitty response to recent criticism of the show’s depiction of Indian-American character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Last November, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary titled The Problem with Apu, which examined the stereotypical manner in which the long-running series paints one of its few South-Asian characters (who, let’s not forget, is voiced by a white guy).

The response from the show’s writers? Not great.

In the series’ latest episode, titled ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished’, Marge and Lisa allude to the controversy around Apu after Marge attempts to clean up a problematic bedtime story in order to make it less offensive.

“Well, what am I supposed to do,” asks Marge.

“It’s hard to say,” responds Lisa, turning to face the camera. “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”

The camera then pans over to a framed photo of Apu sitting on her bedside table.

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

“If at all,” replies Lisa.

The gag (if you can even call it that) drew a fierce reaction from critics and fans.

Kondabolu also weighed in, tweeting that the response from the writers was “not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress”. He also sarcastically congratulated the show “for being talked about and seen as relevant again”.