On Sunday night’s episode of the Simpsons, the writers and voice actors addressed the issue of the show’s Indian character Apu being a racist stereotype of Indian people. Of course, the show is filled to the brim with stereotypes of all kinds of cultures and sub-cultures, but these were conveniently ignored by those suddenly outraged by Apu after decades of the show being on the air.
The show had Marge reading Lisa an updated, politically correct bedtime story about a “cisgendered girl” who lived in South America and fought for wild horse rescue, as well as net neutrality. Lisa mentions that the main character sounds like she starts out perfect. As a result, Lisa notes that the character has no story arch to complete that involved her evolution, and thus there is no point to the book.
The Simpsons then engaged in some semi-fourth wall breaking as Marge asks Lisa “well, what am I supposed to do?” Lisa then turns to the audience directly as she answers her mother.
“It’s hard to say,” she begins. “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect… What can you do?”
The camera pans over as Lisa looks at a picture of Apu on her bedside table, making the connection obvious.
“Some things will be handled at a later date,” said Marge.
“If at all,” added Lisa as both she and Marge looked at the audience.
As the folks at Louder with Crowder documented, the social justice warrior sect of the internet lost their collective minds, angry that the Simpsons went so far as to deny their politically correct concerns so unabashedly.
It should be noted that the Simpsons are not all that friendly to the right-leaning parts of America. There is typically a bias to their jokes with figures on the right being the butt of them, with a few exceptions.
That said, the left-leaning Simpsons have done something that has been needed for far too long. Something that South Park has already done, but due to their typically right-leaning social commentary was dismissed out of hand.
What they did is draw a line in the sand and declared in one quick segment that the SJW wailing and gnashing of teeth can only have so much of an effect on the art we make, the jokes we tell, or the messages we try to get across.
This was so desperately needed because up until lately, the SJW crowd seems to have been able to have carte blanche over what is and isn’t appropriate. This is one of the absolute worst crowds to hand the responsibility of defining modern moral standards to, as their racism, sexism, etc is so off the charts that they rival modern-day neo-Nazis. I wish I was exaggerating.
The effect that the social justice crowd has had on entertainment has been nothing short of disastrous. The NFL has become somewhat unwatchable, and movies have sacrificed plot in order to appease the raging SJW lunatics that infect everything from entertainment journalism to mob generating activist groups. Shows and movies defy SJW expectations at their own risk and WILL receive horrible reviews for veering off the approved path.
For example, the recent movie “Death Wish” with Bruce Willis is a mind-blowing ride of a movie that has something of a pro-gun message. The critics panned it because they believe it sends the wrong message and it currently has a 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience reviews are exceedingly positive.
A movie or show shouldn’t have to suffer in the box office because it’s not politically kosher. The social justice community’s idea that art is supposed to challenge us seems to fly out the window at their convenience when that art rubs them the wrong way. The art community should not have to suffer for their prejudices, and neither should we by virtue of being the consumers of the product.
I’m proud of the folks at The Simpsons for telling the social justice crowd something they’ve been needing to hear for a long time…