The Simpsons producers have responded to some of the criticism surrounding the show’s take on The Problem With Apu and the stereotyping of Apu.
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” Lisa Simpson said in the episode. But on social media fans, many were left unimpressed.
Writing on Twitter on Friday, producer Al Jean promised there would be a “popular” and “right” resolution to the Apu stereotyping row.
.@TheSimpsons I truly appreciate all responses pro and con. Will continue to try to find an answer that is popular & more important right
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 13, 2018
He also continued to defend the episode, saying it “could be unpopular but still be right” and compared the whole debate to a “free speech issue”.
“We tried bringing in Utkarsh Ambudkar as Apu’s nephew. It was deemed unsatisfactory – there’s no solution I fear that will satisfy,” Jean wrote in reply to one fan. “We’ve been trying to make Apu nuanced, sympathetic and (more than our other characters) admirable for 30 years.”
Source: Digital Spy