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‘The Simpsons’ Responded To The Apu Controversy – And Pissed More People Off

In case you are unaware, there was recently a documentary released about The Simpsons – specifically the offensive nature of the popular character named Apu. The documentary titled The Problem With Apu, was directed by Hari Kondabolu, and sheds light on what is considered an offensive stereotype. Well, the writers of The Simpsons became aware of it, and responded – essentially shrugging it off:

And as you’d probably expect, Twitter erupted:

Hank Azaria, the voice behind Apu, spoke about the controversy in January, saying:

“The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on ‘The Simpsons,’ the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing. And especially in post 9/11 America, the idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

He added:

“’The Simpsons’ over the years has been pretty humorously offensive to all manner of people Republicans, Brazilians, presidents, high school principals, school principals, Italians, you name it,” he said. “And they take a lot of pride over there in not apologizing for any of that. I think, over the years, they’ve done a really good job of being, shall we say, uniformly offensive without being outright hurtful.”

He also said that the producers of the show would be addressing the issue in the future – and it appears that this is how they decided to do it.

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