Last night, The Simpsons aired an episode in which they briefly addressed the 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu. The documentary discusses the cultural impact the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has had on South Asian representation in other media, as well as the direct impact of the character on prominent South Asian and Indian actors’ lives.
Now, I won’t actually be speaking on whether the representation of Apu is fine or not in this post. I’m not Indian and I just don’t think I really have any say or insight into what is or isn’t offensive representation. However, I still think the way writers displayed their views on the subject was still ignorant.