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Executive producer of ‘The Simpsons’ responds to Apu controversy

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:

“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.”

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