“The Simpsons” responded to criticisms in an episode referencing representations of marginal groups.
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"The Simpsons" briefly addressed criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner, Apu, Sunday, but a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show's response "sad". He also attacked the show on Twitter for reducing a discussion about racism to political correctness. Comedian Hari Kondabolu, who wrote the documentary "The Problem With Apu," about pop culture representations of marginalized groups, called Sunday's scene a "jab" at progress.People of South Asian heritage have criticized the heavily accented Apu character for reinforcing stereotypes which they say led to bullying, self-loathing and embarrassment.The character is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white Jewish man who was raised in Queens, New York.
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