A slow-brewing controversy over the longest-running television show in history came to a head a few weeks ago. In his documentary, The Problem With Apu, Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu called The Simpsons character, Apu, voiced by American actor Hank Azaria, a racist stereotype - "a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father".
The show responded. At the end of the April 8 episode, Marge is reading to Lisa when she realises that the book, The Princess In The Garden, is full of stereotypes. She censors herself and asks: "What am I supposed to do?" Lisa looks into the camera and replies: "It's hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect."
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