The Simpsons has an issue that’s getting harder and harder to ignore.
Last year, a documentary titled The Problem with Apu, examining the stereotypical representation of the show’s recurring character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, was released.
As well as sparking discussion amongst the show’s fans, the documentary — and the issues it raises — has clearly not gone unnoticed by the people behind The Simpsons.
Last week Hank Azaria, who voices Apu, said he’d be “perfectly willing and happy to step aside, or help transition into something new”, when asked about the character. Creator Matt Groening, meanwhile, drew criticism on Friday with his response, in which he blamed “people who love to pretend they’re offended”. Read more…