As Twitchy reported earlier, “The Simpsons” on Sunday night gave a nod to the controversy set forth in Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem with Apu.”

In the episode, Marge sets out to sanitize her favorite children’s book, which she realizes as she reads it to daughter Lisa is anything but politically correct by modern standards. The camera cuts to a picture of Indian-American Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, as Lisa notes, “something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”

New York Times culture writer Sopan Deb noted that the episode chose to deal with the controversy by dismissing it within a joke:

Also upset that the show dismissed the controversy was i09 writer Beth Elderkin, who found it cruel that the issue would be dismissed with a shrug, which the “real” Lisa Simpson would never have done.


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