The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is refusing to surrender to the leftist brigade accusing The Simpsons of promoting ‘racism’ over its Indian character, Apu.
Speaking to USA Today, Groening said that he was “very proud of some of the places the show has gone in recent years,” citing the animation studio’s efforts to highlight other artists like Don Hertzfeldt and Bill Plympton.
Asked if he thought of criticism of Apu as a stereotype, Groening disagreed. “I’m proud of what we do on the show,” he said. “And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”
While many Indians, both those living in India and abroad, consider the character to be an intelligent, kind, if somewhat quirky depiction of their culture, one comedian—bolstered by a brigade of professional offense takers—has called out the cartoon for its seemingly “problematic” nature.
Hari Kondabalu, whose only claim to fame appears to be his documentary denouncing the character, called “The Problem with Apu,” sparked off a debate over the character that has caused no shortage of salt among the perpetually offended left, many of whom are demanding that The Simpsons’ writers retire the character.
The complaints appear to have gotten to its voice actor, Hank Azaria, who said he would be “perfectly happy and willing to step aside” to respect their feelings.
However, the show’s writers do not appear to share his views and have instead mocked Kondabalu’s campaign in a recent episode of the show.
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” says Lisa Simpson, to which Marge replies while nodding, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date.”
Groening says that he intends to let the show speak for itself concerning the Apu controversy. The creator says he has no plans to end The Simpsons any time soon and that he “does not see the end in sight.”
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