‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Responds to Apu Controversy


Recently, AI Jeans, the executive producer and showrunner of ‘The Simpsons’ (an animated sitcom) responded to a feedback regarding an episode of the show. He addressed the issue raised by Hank Azaria. This controversy had been raised over the depiction of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s character.

Jean gave his response on his Twitter ID on Friday by tweeting that he appreciates every response pro and con by heart. He also said that he will continually try his level best to get a significant, popular and absolutely right answer.

The fifteenth episode ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished’ of long-running American animated series aired on Sunday addressed an issue. This criticism was related to Apu and the incident noticed was at that time when Marge read out a bedtime story through the line from Lisa, Apu acts as the racist stereotype. She says that for decades, something that was inoffensive and applauded by people, now became incorrect politically. After that, she looks over Apu’s one-framed picture, which carried a line written on it ‘Don’t have a cow’.

Marge gives his response by saying that somethings can be dealt with in future at a later date and not on the spot. And, in response to this conversation, Lisa replies as, ‘If at all’.

Although that particular episode was appreciated and well received by many people, many people think that this episode was totally underdone and halfhearted. Behind the documentary, the filmmaker, Hari Kondabalu wrote by shading light on this particular issue, ‘Wow, politically incorrect?’ He said that this was just taken away from his movie and the entire discussion was sparked. He feels sad that it is happening because he just loves this show.

Well, the issue is not for everyone. Some people are putting finger on it and for them Jeans has given response.