The Simpsons producer Al Jean has responded to the scorching backlash from “No Good Read Goes Unpunished”, the now infamous episode in which Lisa basically asks critics to calm down.
But far from putting the ongoing controversy about Apu to rest, his responses have actually made the mess even worse.
As we face one of the most complicated international crises in recent times, a highly unstable stock market and the White House being the epicentre of unprecedented scandals, people are still furious about THAT Simpsons episode.
The controversy started when comedian Hari Kondabolu released a film called The Problem with Apu, a 2017 documentary in which he blasts the creators of The Simpsons for spreading harmful stereotypes of South Asians on television.
The doco has ignited fiery confrontations all over the internet. While some have sided with Kondabolu, others don’t find anything wrong with a show that has gained critical and popular acclaim precisely for making fun of almost every stereotype out there.
In the recent episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished”, the show’s writers explore the idea of how artistic works are interpreted differently over time.
In the episode, Marge Simpson updates a book from her childhood after realising how outdated and racist it was. Lisa ends the controversial scene basically telling their critics to chill out.
The scene sparked days of Twitter outbursts from critics who argue the show’s creators are avoiding any responsibility.
Al Jean then went on Twitter to thank people for the feedback to the episode and vowed to find a solution to all the controversy.
.@TheSimpsons I truly appreciate all responses pro and con. Will continue to try to find an answer that is popular & more important right
— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 13, 2018
But users kept pressuring Jean for changes and he responded by retweeting posts from South Asian users who expressed never being offended by the satiric portrayal of Apu.
He also tweeted a couple of articles defending his unapologetic position, including one article by the ultra conservative news outlet The National Review. Now, you can probably imagine how well that went.
This article is NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF, the fact that you think it might be shows your tonedeafness.
— CS (@chrisgio1984) April 13, 2018
Embarrassed for you
— Not great, Bob! (@ladymisskate) April 13, 2018
Al Jean posting National Review defense.
Yeah, it’s time for The Simpsons to get off the air. https://t.co/a9qOg2SE8G
— Kevin D. Grüssing #IWillVote (@KevDGrussing) April 13, 2018
It’s the same right-wing BS we’ve heard for years. No one is allowed to be outraged about stereotypes even if it has negatively impacted their lives for 30 years. Total clickbait and you fell for it like an uneducated clown.
— Sean O’Leary (@stholeary) April 13, 2018
99% of the press you got was bad. But you shared the one that agreed with you. That’s like fox news showing one black guy waving a confederate flag. You shared an article from the national review…obviously they are the forefront of racial equality and representation. Resign
— Amer Naik (@amernaik) April 13, 2018
Also, are you proud of the fact that it’s mostly conservative publications and MAGA types giving you high fives on this issue? Look at the people who think you’re in the right on this and ask if that’s the group you want to be lumped into on racial issues.
— Thischarmingham (@Thischarminham) April 13, 2018
Retweeting the National Review is a really bad way to let the last shreds of your credibility die.
— April Daniels (@1aprildaniels) April 14, 2018