In case you missed it, last November, Apu (voiced by Hank Azaria), a recurring character on The Simpsons, came under criticism in a documentary called ‘The Problem With Apu’ from comedian Hari Kondabolu.

In the doc, the comedian pointed out the numerous stereotypes the character perpetuates and said: "The Simpsons is an important work of art that has influenced so many, including myself. Apu was the only Indian we had on TV at all so I was happy for any representation as a kid. And of course he’s funny, but that doesn’t mean this representation is accurate or right or righteous. "

Hank Azaria has himself since commented: "I think the documentary made some really interesting points and gave us a lot to think about and we really are thinking about it. Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by it, or by any character or vocal performance, it's really upsetting that it was offensive or hurtful to anybody."

In a new episode of The Simpsons, those behind the show have had their say on the controversy. Titled ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished,’ the episode sees Marge edit her favourite book from childhood when she realises how many stereotypes are in it. However, in making it less offensive for a contemporary audience, including her daughter, Lisa, she realises the book has lost its charm.

You can see a pointed clip from the episode here:


Fans have been unhappy with the way the show addressed the issues raised in ‘The Problem with Apu.’ Hari Kondabolu had this to say:



Other Tweeters were also disappointed: