For the past few months, “The Simpsons” has been taking serious heat from some due to its portrayal of Indian-Americans through Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Springfield’s convenience store owner. The most recent example is comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary, “The Problem with Apu.”
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“Everything with Apu is like this running joke,” Kondabolu told The New York Times. “And the running joke is that he’s Indian.”
Now, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening has broken his silence on the matter in an interview with USA Today.
When asked if he has any thoughts on the controversy, Groening put it bluntly: “Not really. I’m proud of what we do on the show. And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”@harikondabolu/Twitter
“We’ll let the show speak for itself,” he added.
Kondabolu was less than pleased with Groening’s response:
Well, that seals it. Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary. No one is offended by this character. It was, at times, insulting & was frustrating to many of us who were solely represented by that one image. https://t.co/AfYNAeaU7Z
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 30, 2018
The show itself addressed the controversy in an episode, “No Good Read Goes Unpunished.”
“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge Simpson says.
“If at all,” daughter Lisa adds.