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‘Simpsons’ Doc ‘The Problem with Apu’ Confronts South Asian Stereotypes

South Asian American comedian Hari Kondabolu explores the legacy of Apu – the Indian convenience store owner in The Simpsons, voiced by a white actor – in the upcoming documentary, The Problem With Apu. From monorails to Mr. Plow, our favorite fraction of the show’s legendary 552-episode run “I was obsessed with The Simpsons growing up and it has greatly influenced my comedy,” Kondabolu said in a statement. “However, as my mother proves, you can criticize something you love because you expect more from it. For the longest time, Apu was the most prominent…

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What ‘The Simpsons’ can teach us about life

‘If cartoons were meant for adults they’d put them on in prime time,’ as someone precocious and yellow (and mildly annoying) once sagely observed. But it hasn’t stopped lots of adults who should probably know better not just watching The Simpsons, but treating it with the kind of high intellectual seriousness once traditionally reserved for things like Shakespeare, or medieval literature or Kant’s Critique on Pure Reason. The essays, books and lecture series on The Simpsons are absurd and stultifyingly serious. But just because The Simpsons has provoked more than its share of pseudo-academic garbage doesn’t…

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Why The Simpsons has lost its way

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, will speak at the Sydney Opera House this weekend on the secrets of the show. Now in its 28th season, The Simpsons is one of the mostly widely lauded, and enduring series in TV history. But has it peaked creatively? Is it time to draw the adventures of Homer, Bart, Marge and the gang to a dignified close? A significant body of fans (including this one) think The Simpsons peaked decades ago. They argue its writers regularly recycle plots – which are becoming increasingly…

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