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'The Simpsons' showrunner responds to Apu controversy

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

"The Simpsons" has responded to the feedback surrounding a recent "Simpsons" episode that attempted to address the controversy over the depiction of character Nahasapeemapetilon.

"The Simpsons" featured a South Asian character called Apu, who has had to grapple with the troubling stereotype of a with an exaggerated, fake Indian accent since the show's existence. It was voiced by

Jean tweeted: "I truly appreciate all the responses pro and con. Will continue to try and find an answer that is popular and more important(ly) right."

A last week's episode of the the animated addressed the criticism that represents a racist stereotype through a line from the character Lisa, delivered while reads her a bedtime story, reported variety.com.

"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" said Marge, another character from "The Simpsons".

Lisa then looks over at a framed photograph of Apu, which has the line: "Don't have a cow!" written on it.

responds: "Some things will be dealt with at a later date,"

To which, Lisa says: "If at all."

Though the episode was well-received by some, many felt the attempt was half-hearted and underdone.

Hari Kondabolu, an American and the filmmaker with roots in India, who is behind the documentary "The Problem with Apu", wrote: "Wow. 'Politically Incorrect?' That's the takeaway from my movie and the discussion it sparked? Man, I really loved this show. This is sad."

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 12:50 IST
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