Libs throw fit when ‘The Simpsons’ shrugs off accusations of stereotyping

Libs throw fit when ‘The Simpsons’ shrugs off accusations of stereotyping
Apu with Bart Simpson (Image: Video screen grab via Gracie Films)

I haven’t watched the animated series “The Simpsons” ever since it lost its comedic edge over a decade ago, but last night’s episode merits a standing ovation. Mind you, I didn’t watch this show either, but I am aware of it over the headlines it generated for its refreshing decision to respond to accusations of racial insensitivity with a resounding “meh.”

What set the whole kerfuffle in motion was a documentary titled “The Problem With Apu,” released late last year. The film took the series to task over the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a convenience store owner who is — what else? — Indian.

Instead of falling all over themselves with mea culpas and promises to excise Apu in future episodes, the series producers reacted to the charges by writing an episode in which two of its main characters, Marge Simpson and her daughter Lisa, decry the idiocy of political correctness.

Here is the clip. Pay careful attention to the blocking of the scene, such as the camera panning out at the end of Lisa’s first speech to reveal a photograph of Apu on her nightstand.

Soon after the episode aired, the writer of the documentary, Hari Kondabolu, took to social media to whine about the producers’ refusal to knuckle under:

He has been at it on and off ever since, writing about an hour ago:

His followers on Facebook have demonstrated themselves to be as humorless and thin-skinned as he is. A single example will serve.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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