At the end of last year, the American comedian Hari Kondabolu launched a documentary titled “The problem with Apu”, which has caused a lot of controversies. The writers of The Simpsons, the animated series created by Matt Groening, Sam Simon and James L. Brooks, have decided to use the latest episode aired on FOX, entitled “No Good Read Goes Unpunished” to respond to the controversy, and resolve all the turmoil caused.
In the documentary, Hari highlights the racism of the series and criticizes the numerous stereotypes about the Hindu society in the United States. Apu is the only one who represents this community in the comedy. In addition, Hari emphasized that the dubbing of the character is performed by a white person. After all the criticism of this comical series, they managed to launch a response which was, as always, carried out with all the humor that characterizes them, which we can find in a scene in which Lisa and Marge Simpson are sitting on a bed talking with a photo of Apu on the bedside table.
Marge reads Lisa a new version of her favorite story “The Princess in the Garden”, which is adapted to what would be inoffensive and acceptable in 2018.
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In this conversation, both Lisa and Marge talk about Apu. Lisa looks at the picture of the character, then look at the camera and says: “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and harmless, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”
Regarding this scene, Hari Kondabolu, comedian, and director of the documentary has made a posting on Twitter giving his opinion about the response from the makers of the series.
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