Culture Beat / April 11, 2018

‘The Simpsons’ Is Racist?

The long-running show responds to the charge quite humorously. But leftists don’t find it funny.

The Left has progressively lost its grasp on reality, as it incessantly propagates a culture of outrage based upon its own stilted stereotype of victims and oppressors. As a result of this dogma, leftists lack both the courage and the humility to laugh at comedy. Evidently, to a leftist, life is a funeral, so how dare anyone make a joke. Indeed, looking at much of what Hollywood trots out as comedy today, it seems more like political potshots passed off as jokes designed mostly to malign Donald Trump or his supporters rather than an aim at legitimate humor. Enter America’s longest-running scripted primetime show, “The Simpsons.”

To any who have ever watched the popular cartoon, it is no secret that the show leans to the Left on many social issues. That said, the show has a long history producing genuinely creative comedy with loveably stereotyped characters. But that’s exactly what makes it funny. Recently a comedian of Indian decent did a documentary entitled “The Problem With Apu,” where he suggested that “The Simpsons” was a racist show because of its longtime character Apu, an Indian immigrant that owns a convenient store known as Kwik-E-Mart. The comedian, Hari Kondabolu, asserted, “I don’t find Apu offensive; I find him annoying and insulting.” He added, “But for me, one: It’s inaccurate. Two: It’s insulting to my parents. And three: When that’s the only depiction you have, that’s how the world sees you.”

In response to the documentary, the creators of “The Simpsons” did what they do best — they played off the criticism in their Sunday episode. Using Lisa, the character most associated with liberal and social justice causes, the writers essentially brushed off Kondabolu’s criticism by having Lisa say, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” Kondabolu responded to the episode by saying the bit was “sad.” Other leftists declared the show to be “dead.” Back here in reality, it appears that what maybe dead is the Left’s sense of humor.

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