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Yeah, people are still angry at ‘The Simpsons’

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In the episode, Marge Simpson updates a book from her childhood after realising how outdated and racist it was.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.

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.

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