The Simpsons has responded to the Apu stereotyping controversy, and not everyone is down with how it was handled. In the fifteenth episode of Season 29, "No Good Read Goes Unpunished," Marge reads Lisa "her favourite book ever," The Princess in the Garden, which has troubling stereotypes of Irishmen and South Americans. Lisa dismisses the story as having "no point" because the character is already well-developed, leading to a discussion that indirectly references the Apu controversy. Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu was behind the documentary The Problem With Apu. It unpacked The Simpsons' damaging South Asian caricature, Apu, who has had to grapple with the troubling stereotype of a convenience store clerk with an exaggerated, fake Indian accent since the show's existence. Actor Hank Azaria, who voiced Apu, said earlier in the year that the show's writers would "definitely address" the criticism, but in light of Sunday's episode, it appears they don't care.
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