When Hank Azaria showed what a giant walking scrotum he was (see Hank Azaria: Stepping Aside from Apu is “The Right Thing to Do” and The Simpson Tackles the Apu “Controversy,” Angers the Internet), I thought he killed The Simpsons. Now that we’ve heard from creator Matt Groening, I feel better.
Question: Do you have any thoughts on the criticism of Apu as a stereotype?
Groening: Not really. I’m proud of what we do on the show. And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.
You know what, he’s right. People love to be offended. They love to feel self-righteous. They love to feel morally superior by being outraged over a thing. In this case, a cartoon stereotype in a cartoon filled with stereotypes. Kind of like walking into a Baskin Robbins and raging at the servers because the vanilla ice cream has dairy. Alas, this is real life in 2018.
The incoming leftist outrage destined for Groening is going to be delicious. Especially if Groening takes a cue from others higher up on the ladder: not apologizing to the trolling Twitter twits. I wanted to use a different vowel there.
I’m going to be inhaling the whiny think pieces from liberal bloggers like they’re ether.
In the April 8 episode, which addressed the Apu criticism and reignited controversy, what did it mean when Marge said, “Some things will be addressed at a later date,” and Lisa said, “If at all”?
Groening: We’ll let the show speak for itself.
I raise a giant Duff beer to you, Mr. Groening. Thank you for a return to sanity.