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The Simpsons address Apu Nahasapeemapetilon's racist stereotypes on the show

The Simpsons address Apu Nahasapeemapetilon's racist stereotypes on the show

But a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show's response "sad" and attacked the show on Twitter for reducing a discussion about racism to political correctness. Marge realises the book is more racist and offensive than she remembered and attempts to edit it as she reads.

The documentary received a lot of support for tackling the apparent problems and Hank Azaria - the white Jewish actor who has voiced Apu since 1989 - spoke out to accept that the documentary had made some "really interesting points" and had given "us a lot at "The Simpsons" to think about". In response, Lisa says, "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect".

Fans are not happy with the way The Simpsons responded to the controversy surrounding one of the show's oldest characters, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. "What can you do?" Marge then says, "Some things will be dealt with at a later date" with Lisa responding, "If at all". "If at all", adds Lisa. The shot then pans to a framed picture of Apu at the bedside with the line, "Don't have a cow!" inscribed on it.

"In "The Problem with Apu", I used Apu & The Simpsons as an entry point into a larger conversation about the representation of marginalized groups & why this is important", he said on Twitter.

When Lisa complains, Marge asks, "What am I supposed to do?"

Vanity Fair took umbrage at the whole thing.

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Ambudkar's character called Apu a stereotype.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu premièred in November The Problem with Apu, a TruTV documentary that explored the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and its harmful reinforcements of South Asian stereotypes. "Wow. 'Politically Incorrect?'", he wrote.

"This character - the only representation that we have - led a lot of kids who were born and raised here to feel non-American", Kondabolu, who also grew up in Queens, told The AP past year.

"The Simpsons' on-air response reveals that the minds behind the long-running animated series either entirely failed to grasp Kondabolu's point or (perhaps, unfortunately, more likely) they were completely indifferent to it". While promoting the first season of Quantico in 2015, she made it her mission to hammer home the idea that "Everybody doesn't speak like Apu from The Simpsons".

"There are accents that by their nature to white-Americans sound amusing, period", Simpsons writer Dana Gould says in a scene in the documentary.