“Thank you. Come again,” is a popular quote from the beloved Matt Groening character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from The Simpsons.
Known simply as Apu, this comical character of Indian descent has been making Simpsons fans laugh for three decades and has become a pop culture icon. While most people enjoy Apu’s character and his hijinks at the Kwik-E-Mart, some people have more recently began to find him offensive. To no surprise at all, these people are radical leftists, the so-called “social justice warriors.”
Last year, “comedian” Hari Kondabolu created a documentary titled, “The Problem With Apu,” where he discusses the “damage” the character causes. Completely ignoring the insanity of making a documentary analyzing a cartoon character, Kondabolu’s film criticizes Apu’s character being offensive and insensitive as well as blaming him for racism. He also compares actor Hank Azaria (who does many voices for The Simpsons) voicing the convenience store owner to donning blackface. Multiple progressive entertainers chimed in on their thoughts on the character, including Whoopi Goldberg, Kumail Nanjiani, W. Kamau Bell, Kal Penn, and other entertainers who constantly sacrifice comedy for political correctness.
Recently, the Simpsons writers decided to address their progressive fans’ issues with Apu in a clip from the recent episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished.”
In the clip, Marge reads a book she edited to Lisa. The book is changed to meet extreme progressive standards to make it as inoffensive as possible. Lisa, the show’s outspoken liberal, takes issue with the story as the character meeting all PC criteria means she has no room for emotional growth, causing the story to be pointless. After her mother asks what she was supposed to do, Lisa turns to the camera next to a photo of Apu and states that, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” The mother daughter duo then go on to say that, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date, if at all.” Basically, the writers of the show made it clear they are not going to give into PC culture and SJW bullying.
This episode, of course, did not sit well with the progressive crowd. Kondabolu expressed his anger in multiple tweets where he criticizes the show and its writers. Below are more examples of leftist outrage of the show’s response to the documentary:
An Essay on the “Heartbreaking Response” of the Simpsons here
I think the fact that they put this "argument" in the mouth of Lisa's character, the character who usually champions the underdogs and is supposed to be the most thoughtful and liberal, is what makes this the most ridiculous (as in worthy of ridicule) and toothless response.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 9, 2018
Another Essay Discussing the Simpson’s “Tone-Deaf Response“
The Simpsons is not the only primetime television show to tackle political correctness. In an episode of Family Guy back in November of last year titled “The D in Apartment 23,” Seth Macfarlane spends an entire episode mocking social justice warriors.
In the episode, Brian tweets a joke that the rest of Quahog finds racist. The town then spends the episode demonizing the Griffin family. The episode is full of hilarious scenes mocking the offended SJW crowd. The irony within this is that Seth Macfarlane, along with Matt Groening are very liberal, yet they are so fed up with the social justice crowd that they end up criticizing their own party. One of the most important scenes in the Family Guy episode is when Brian confronts protestors outside his house. In a long rant, the beloved dog criticizes the mob for essentially eating one of their own, angrily shouting that he’s the “self righteous liberal douchebag” of the town.
One can only assume for Seth Macfarlane, who voices Brian, this was much more than just dialogue for a character. It feels a lot like this is Macfarlane and his writers projecting their own feelings toward their audience. The radical left has no issue in attacking more moderate or rational liberals who aren’t full on, extreme progressives and accuse them of not being liberal enough. This is causing people like Groening and Macfarlane to push back.
This whole progressive war against comedy is very important. The whole purpose of comedy is to be edgy and controversial. Comedy is supposed to test the water, push societal boundaries, and cross lines to make people laugh. Radical leftists are trying to hijack comedy and strictly enforce political correctness. If you can’t be edgy, you don’t have good comedy.
Every single one of the funniest movies or television shows are controversial. Even if you look at children’s cartoons, all the best ones push the envelope. After all, what popular Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network show can you not find a “dirty jokes we never noticed as kids” compilation on YouTube? Going overboard is the whole point of comedy.
To plague entertainment with political correctness would be giving us exactly what the book was Marge Simpson read to Lisa. If every fictional character was “woke” enough for the radical left, there would be no conflict meaning there would be no story. If there is one thing you need to take away from this article, it is this: progressivism ruins everything.
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