LOS ANGELES: The Simpsons showrunner and executive producer Al Jean has responded to the feedback surrounding a recent Simpsons episode that attempted to address the controversy over the depiction of character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
The sitcom featured a South Asian character called Apu, who has had to grapple with the troubling stereotype of a convenience store clerk with an exaggerated, fake Indian accent since the show’s existence. It was voiced by Hank Azaria. Al Jean replied to this with a tweet:
.@TheSimpsons I truly appreciate all responses pro and con. Will continue to try to find an answer that is popular & more important right
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 13, 2018
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” said Marge.
Lisa then looks over at a framed photograph of Apu, which has the line, “Don’t have a cow!” written on it.
Marge states, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” to which, Lisa responds, “If at all.”
Though the episode was well-received by some, many felt the attempt was half-hearted and underdone.
Hari Kondabolu, an American comedian and the film-maker with roots in India, who is behind the documentary The Problem with Apu, wrote, “Wow. ‘Politically Incorrect?’ That’s the takeaway from my movie and the discussion it sparked? Man, I really loved this show. This is sad.”