The Simpsons finally responded to Apu criticism and Twitter was not here for it

Show writers tackled accusations of racism in their latest episode.

April 09, 2018
<i>The Simpsons</i> finally responded to Apu criticism and Twitter was not here for it The Simpsons's Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.   Fox

Writers of The Simpsons have been criticized for their response to criticism over the show's character Apu. The beloved Kwik-E-Mart owner has been a fixture of the animated show for decades. However, recent discussion about him has called out the show for exploiting a character many feel works off racist stereotypes.

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The show finally responded to the critics in an episode that aired on Sunday, April 8. The episode, titled "No Good Read Goes Unpunished," was flagged as a potential conversation point by executive producer Al Jean prior to its broadcast.


The episode saw the subject tackled indirectly via a discussion between Marge and Lisa Simpson. Marge had edited a new version of an old book, updating it to bring it in line with 2018 standards. However, when she reads it to Lisa, the pair agreed the new version was lacking "an emotional journey" for the lead character.

Lisa was then shown looking at a picture of Apu as she said "something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?"

Comic Hari Kondabolu, who made 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu discussing the handling of race in The Simpsons and beyond, was among the first to respond to the episode.

"Wow. “Politically Incorrect?” That’s the takeaway from my movie & the discussion it sparked? Man, I really loved this show. This is sad," he tweeted.


He was joined by fellow fans and critics.




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The FADER has contacted reps from Fox and The Simpsons for comment.

The Simpsons finally responded to Apu criticism and Twitter was not here for it