'Simpsons' Criticized for Response to Apu Controversy

Lisa and Marge Simpson
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He also thanked the fans who spoke positively about the episode and re-tweeted some messages of support, including one that said this matter is a "non-issue". "Politically Incorrect?" That's the takeaway from my movie & the discussion it sparked?

Al Jean, one of the show's original writers and its longtime showrunner, apparently realized the episode would receive some backlash. He viewed the long-running show's response as "a jab" against progress.

- ha₹sh ⚽ (@SmilingLadka) April 9, 2018And to have Lisa deliver the line. they are so unwilling to be in the wrong that they used the character who is least likely to say something like that.

At almost 30 years old, The Simpsons has been a pop culture institution for longer than many people reading this have probably been alive.

"The Simpsons" attempt to address criticism from its viewers fell flat, only drawing more condemnation for being dismissive and tone-deaf.

The show has responded to the accusations in its latest episode.to mixed reviews.

The character, who owns a Kwik-E-Mart, has been considered by some to be an offensive stereotype that's out of touch with the current climate in America.

Well, on Sunday night, The Simpsons team offered its retort.

Azaria himself weighed in earlier this year, telling reporters that the show would "definitely address" the controversy after "a lot of thought".

Hank Azaria, who has played the character and others on the series for nearly 30 years, said earlier this year that he found it "very upsetting to me personally and professionally" that anyone was marginalised because of Apu.

Some fans on Twitter stood by the show, calling out those who had issue with Lisa's comments. "Homer is an obese, beer-drinking, dumb American, Marge is a housewife, Bart is a stereotypical boy, Lisa is a stereotypical gir, Mr Burns is a white, outdated, cash obsessed CEO, Chief Wiggum is an obese, donut-eating lazy cop".

But others disagreed, with Graham writing: "It's odd to me that everyone is so offended by Apu being a stereotype but no one mentions other characters like Willie".

This represented a bit of a turnaround from only a few years earlier when Azaria claimed that he "understood" the criticism, when the show was birthed 25 years before, Apu "was the only Indian character in pop culture really". But The Simpsons didn't dodge The Problem with Apu. "Twitter explosion in act three".

The resilient and beloved animated series The Simpsons has continually enraptured audiences across many generations with their constant source of comedic stylings and an unforgettable cast of characters.

"The Simpsons", TV's longest-running comedy ever, is now in its 29th season and airs Sunday nights on Fox.



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