Since its debut in 1989, The Simpsons has lampooned every subject, group, and behavior imaginable. Among comedy writers, the regretful phrase "The Simpsons did it" (when trying to think of new story lines) is a testament to just how far the television show has gone with its mockery. But according to comedian Hari Kondabolu, this "even distribution" of mockery doesn't affect all groups equally.
WHITE DUDE: Everything is politically correct! You can’t say anything you want anymore without someone complaining.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) November 11, 2017
ME: I’m making a movie about Apu from The Simpsons.
WHITE DUDE: You snowflake! Way to be politically correct! Everyone just says whatever stupid shit they want now.
S9e7, apu is the most desirable bachelor in an auction because of positive stereotypes. Simpsons also promote other cultures strengths— Sikender Singh (@SikenderSingh09) November 8, 2017
Simpsons makes jokes about literally every race, religion etc.— Bray (@Papa_Bray) November 12, 2017
This pretty much translates to "I like when this show makes fun of people apart from me"
Exactly! If anything they make fun of the "Dumb fat lazy American" stereotype waaaaaay more often. I'm a Hindu and I've never seen Apu as a problem, they're actually fairly accurate which means they spent the time researching the faith.— Nines (@TmluZXM) November 12, 2017
I had an issue with Indian charicatures and racist jokes when I had low self-worth.— Bunty King (@realbuntyking) November 12, 2017
As I grew past my mid-20s, maturing both intellectually and emotionally, I realized that I - and only I - could make myself feel any way about anything.
I have no problem with Apu. pic.twitter.com/ZcaocLt8Os
Isn't the entirety of the Apu joke his accent and his unremitting desire to exploit the gullibility of his customers? Last I heard, "sleazy businessman" is not an Indian stereotype.— Darwin Prime (@Darwin_Prime) November 12, 2017