This is why a new documentary is calling ‘The Simpsons’ racist

Comedian Hari Kondabolu filmed a documentary called “The Problem With Apu,” which focuses on the show’s Indian character and its portrayal of a “minstrel-style racism.”

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  • tom_billesley

    When people start campaigning against depiction of stereotypical behaviour, they come up against an obstacle: stereotypes are true-to-life.

    • Cat-astrophe

      Stereotypes are typically a negative generalization that either exaggerate (comedy) predictable behaviour or are a propagandists representation meant to shape views in a direction decided on by the state. (Little Mosque on the Prairie)

  • marty_p

    Fortunately the SJW’s are too young to remember Peter Seller’s portrayal of Hrundi V. Bakshi in 1968 classic – The Party
    https://youtu.be/ZFKJuzrCGj4

  • Cat-astrophe

    We miss Rocky and Bullwinkle.
    At least the identifiable minority was white, just not English as a first language.
    Was that racial profiling?
    I mean, as a kid it made you sit up and take notice when you heard eastern European accents in your day to day life.
    Other memories of race portrayal I remember.
    As a child of British heritage, it never escaped me how many movie villains had English accents.
    French were always ‘lovers’ (‘Pepe la Pew’ comes to mind)
    Americans were ALWAYS the good guys.
    Germans had ulterior motives.
    60 year old Swedes could out hustle a 30 year old Canadian.
    Islamic countries were thieves and violent.
    At least they got one of these correct…..

  • simus1

    I’m sorry, but folks, especially ethnics, or those of other races who identify as comedian/ comedienne/ etc do not tend to hold my attention when they “go serious” about totally minor shit.

    Here’s an edgy start line for you pal: “Three Dalits go into a bar called the The Beard Of The Prophet and ………………

  • Editor

    I see his point. All other characters in the show are treated with in depth character studies and are not over the top caricatures of stereotypical Americans. Ned Flanders, Chief Wiggum and Mayor Quimby are all realistic portrayals of “real” Americans and only the brown guy gets a raycissss treatment.

    Jeez, you have to be running pretty low on material as a comedian when you resort trying to score SJW points on the back of The Simpsons.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Even talking about Hindus when you’re not Hindu is of course racist cultural appropriation. So I’m not listening, sorry.

  • Mike Williams

    I’m sure they do a piece on the racist portrayal of Indians by that main character in Big Bang Theory. And I am sure the guy who played Babu in Seinfeld hates all the stereotypical South Asian roles he has gotten since.

  • Liberal Progressive

    But the Simpson’s are racist.

    And television is racist.

    And PBS is racist.
    And my boss is racist.
    And my teachers were racist.
    And my grocer is racist.
    And my dentist is racist.
    And the government is racist.
    And my letter carrier is racist.
    And I’m starting to think everybody is racist unless they aren’t white, because non-white people can’t be racist, can they?

  • Bla Bla

    I’m a racist, you’re a racist, my mom’s a racist and my dad too.
    Don’t forget the kitchen sink or that ugly car! Racist! And the weather! Definitely racist too!
    Boy, after a while, that word ceases to stir any controversy and no longer holds water in reality land.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

    • andycanuck

      Sicilians and Spaniards are the most racist of all! Even when death isn’t on the line!

      [I probably blew that quote; I haven’t seen the film in probably 20 years.]