John Chrysostomos and Andrew Anglin
April 11, 2018
Indians – and I’m referring to Pajeets and poo in loos – are one of the most successful minority groups in America. Their median family income for 2015 was $103,821, the highest of any ethnic group in the US (Jews aren’t counted as an ethnic group in these statistics, obviously). Yet even they can find a reason, no matter how inane, to be offended and demand apologies for any insignificant slight.
The Simpsons briefly addressed criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner, Apu, in an episode broadcast on Sunday. But a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show’s response “sad” and attacked the show on Twitter for reducing a discussion about racism to political correctness.
Sunday’s episode featured Marge sharing her favourite childhood book with her daughter, Lisa. Marge realises the book is more racist and offensive than she remembered and attempts to edit it as she reads. The story, titled The Princess in the Garden, contains stereotypes about people of Irish and Latin American descent.
Lisa reacts to the story by saying, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”
A photo of Apu appears and Marge says, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date” and Lisa adds, “if at all.”
So this is a very self-aware comment on the fact that when the Simpsons started 30 years ago, you could have a character like Apu that was a racial stereotype (but done in a very adoring way, so as to normalize Indian-Americans as a part of our society), and now this is considered wrong to use a racial stereotype in this way, and the producers of the show don’t know how to deal with it.
Showing awareness of this was taken to be making light of the situation, and this offended Big Pajeet.
Of course, none of the complainers are offering any solutions to the problem of this racial stereotype being a beloved character on the show. Do they want him killed off?
Comedian Hari Kondabolu, who wrote the documentary The Problem With Apu about how marginalised groups are represented in pop culture, called Sunday’s scene a “jab” at progress.
People of South Asian heritage have criticised the heavily accented Apu character for reinforcing stereotypes which they say led to bullying, self-loathing and embarrassment.
In “The Problem with Apu,” I used Apu & The Simpsons as an entry point into a larger conversation about the representation of marginalized groups & why this is important. The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 9, 2018
This kooky sonovabitching streetshitter made an entire documentary bashing poor Apu.
But here’s the thing: how can a group who earn more than all other ethnic groups be “marginalized”? Marginalized would imply that they’re routinely pushed aside for admission to university, denied the chance to get into a fulfilling career path and their culture and race mocked openly and with the tacit approval of the establishment; kind of like whites in America.
It’s almost as if all of these “diverse” people are reading from the same playbook.
Ironically, it is the left that is more likely to marginalize Indians (and other Asians) because of diversity quotas and affirmative action.
“This character – the only representation that we have – led a lot of kids who were born and raised here to feel non-American,” Kondabolu, who also grew up in Queens, told The AP last year.
I don’t think it was the anodyne Apu who made them feel non-American. It’s probably more to do with the fact they’re cow worshipping pagans who believe in bloodthirsty, heathen gods.
As American as apple pie, baseball and… Kali ma?