ON SUNDAY night, “The Simpsons” responded with snapshot brevity to the most recent criticism that one of its longest-running characters is culturally insensitive.
Last fall, Brooklyn standup Hari Kondabolu debuted his documentary “The Problem With Apu,” in which the comedian of Indian heritage weighed whether the Fox show’s Indian-born convenience-store clerk, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, did “more harm than good as a representation of Indian Americans,” as The Washington Post reported last November.
“You start to feel embarrassed to be an Indian,” the filmmaker told The Post’s Lavanya Ramanathan of such characterizations. “Because there’s only one representation.”
Well, on Sunday night, “The Simpsons” team offered its retort. Shortly before the new episode aired, “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean even tweeted: “New Simpsons in five minutes. Twitter explosion in act three.”