Hank Azaria just killed “The Simpsons.”
Maybe I’m exaggerating. I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section. But it’s hard to watch this clip from the voice of Apu caving to the outrage mob (see New Documentary Takes a Look at The Simpsons’ ‘Racist’ Apu Problem and The Simpson Tackles the Apu “Controversy,” Angers the Internet) and not come to the same conclusion.
I’ve given this a lot of thought, really a lot of thought. And as I say, my eyes have been opened. And I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel and how they think about– about this character, and what their American experience of it has been. And as you know, in television terms, listening to voices means inclusion in the writers’ room. I really want to see Indian, South Asian writer, writers in the room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. You know, I’m perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what ‘The Simpsons’ does. And it not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me.
I’m not going to pretend I go out of my way to watch the show. As resident oldhead at LwC, I boast having a Bart Simpson “Don’t Have a Cow” shirt in junior high school. The last laugh out loud episode I remember was their mockery of the primaries. The 2008 primaries. However, the show has been on for close to 30 years. Obviously people are still watching.
But now Azaria caved because some guy made a documentary and a few SJWs wrote angry think pieces, it’s the beginning of the end. Every joke, every accent, everything that made “The Simpsons” funny is going to be criticized by woke poseurs. Bumblebee Man is going to be offensive to Latinos. People are going to be upset Lou the Policeman didn’t leave the force to start a Black Lives Matter chapter. And why hasn’t Mr. Smithers sued Montgomery Burns for the sh!tty way he’s been treated. Homophobia much?
There’s a reason you don’t negotiate with terrorists. Now every alleged marginalized group is going to see all the attention earned by complaining. And it’s #MeToo.
Dollars to donuts the producers announce next season will be the last. Comedy can either die a hero or live long enough to find itself problematic.