What’s going on?
People are slamming “The Simpsons” over its classic Apu character, an Indian-American with a thick accent who owns a Kwik-E-Mart and is voiced by Hank Azaria.
How did this controversy start?
Comedian Hari Kondabolu kicked off the criticism with a documentary called “The Problem with Apu,” which depicts the Apu character as a problematic stereotype that has negatively influenced how actors of Indian and Southeast Asian backgrounds have been treated in Hollywood.
Learn more about "The Problem with Apu" with our explainer here.
What are people saying?
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening didn’t have much to say, noting simply in an interview with USA Today that “I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”
On the other hand, Azaria says he’s ready to step aside from voicing Apu or to revamp the character if that’s what fans want.
“The idea that anyone, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad,” he said. “It was certainly not my intention. I wanted to spread laughter and joy.”
On today’s show, Doc and Kris were tired of people finding new ways to be upset, and Doc pointed out the dangers of a society that encourages people to feel marginalized.