One of the humorless, vinegar-drinking scolds dripping with supercilious contempt–the people has done what contemporary comedians spend so much time doing. He has looked at something genuinely funny and proclaimed ‘that is NOT okay‘:
normies refer to as “comedians”–
In a truTV documentary The Problem With Apu, comedian Hari Kondabolu argues that the portrayal of Apu, voiced by Hank Azaria, created stereotypes of South Asians that were then picked up and mocked by non-South Asians in wider society.
No, Apu was created based on existing stereotypes of South Asians. These stereotypes exist because they tend to more often be associated with South Asians than with non-South Asians. Heuristics are helpful.
“I don’t hate The Simpsons,” Kondabolu explained in the documentary. “In fact, I have always loved The Simpsons. It’s one of the main reasons that I knew you could be smart and funny and political at the same time… I know Apu is one of the smartest characters on The Simpsons, granted that the bar isn’t set very high, but that’s not why people liked him. They just liked his accent.
“I never heard anyone say they liked Apu because he exposed the idiocy and bigotry of Americans and the struggles of the average immigrant. No, it was just ‘I love Apu. That voice is hilarious.'”
It’s almost as if the South Asian Kondabolu enjoys The Simpsons because its marquee South Asian is one of the shows most exemplary characters, just as Kondabolu imagines himself to be. But he also despises the show because that exemplary South Asian character, Apu, does not share Kondabolu’s hatred of and disdain for middle Americans. The cognitive dissonance is painful. Can Apu really be a stand-up guy if he doesn’t hate whitey? What other indication of morality is there anymore?
In the occasional episodes I’ve seen over the last few years, it appears that the running gag about Smithers unrequited gay love for Mr. Burns has been long since retired.
In the basement I have one of the series’ most famous posters, one people familiar with the series will instantly recognize. During its golden age, the show wonderfully lampooned 1990s suburban America. I’m always struck by how white and male the cast is.
Even a generation ago, that was the only way to do it. Want to have people do a lot of irrational, superstitious, stupid stuff? Better make the vast majority of them white men if you don’t want to face excommunication by the cultMarx clerisy.
This is why the left will lose the new culture war. Comedy is integral to culture and SJWs are incapable of it. An especially salient illustration of as much followed Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” quip. It was the remark that melted a million mudflakes:
The late night lineup of CultMarx-approved comedians do not push boundaries, they patrol them. For now.