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The Simpsons, 1989 - 2018 #RIP 😒
I think the fact that they put this "argument" in the mouth of Lisa's character, the character who usually champions the underdogs and is supposed to be the most thoughtful and liberal, is what makes this the most ridiculous (as in worthy of ridicule) and toothless response.
My friend @harikondabolu made a beautiful & powerful film. It took guts to do it. He knew he was going after a sacred cow. (Pun intended.) He knew many people would just watch the trailer or see the poster or just hear the title & immediately just hate on it & him.
& my friend @harikondabolu had to convince a network to air it even though that network has NOTHING ELSE ON ITS AIRWAVES EVEN CLOSE TO THIS. & Hari included some of the most powerful & respected South Asian Americans to speak their truth, showing that he wasn't alone on this.
I always tell the #UnitedShades crew that comedy can fix any creative issues. That's what comedy's for. It can't fix real world issues. But it can get you out of a creative jam. The Simpson's, 1 OF THE GREATEST COMEDIES OF ALL TIME, coulda dug deep & wrote their way out of this.
I can't find a recent image of it but just Google image search "Simpson's writers room". I think I'm about to crack the case of why The Simpson's aren't more sensitive to these issues, Gumshoes! πŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™€οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™€οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™Žβ€β™‚οΈ
The "argument" the episode makes is basically things used to better before political correctness when nobody cared about all these groups. It ignores the facts that ALL THESE GROUPS ALWAYS CARED ABOUT ALL THESE GROUPS. But these groups' complaints weren't respected/supported.
Black people always had to explain why Nigger Jim was named Nigger Jim in Huckleberry Finn to our Black children.That didn't start when white people noticed how "weird that was" in the 1990's. πŸ€”
I'm sure South Asian parents who took their kids to see "Annie" in 1982 had to explain to their kids why Punjab, an already problematic "magical" servant, was played by Geoffrey Holder, a Trinidadian-American. Something to the effect of, "We aren't cast in many movies in the US."
The entire anti-political correctness argument is...

"I don't get why you're complaining that your toe was stepped on when I never felt my toe being stepped on... What does me wearing steel toed boots & you not having shoes have to do w/ anything?" - Steel toe boot factory owner
It's even more noteworthy because this is the era that on 1 hand created President Trump & on the other (Black) hand created Black Panther. Art always takes a side. Usually it's regressive vs. progressive. It's up to the artists to choose a side. & it's up to the ppl to buy it.
Most importantly if you haven't already, watch my friend @harikondabolu's film. It is amazing, bold, reckless, & important. & I'm not just saying that because I'm in it.

It's called The Problem with Apu. It's truly great. My friend's making a difference.

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Dunno. I'm not as smart or funny as The Simpsons writers. But I do know House of Cards & Transparent are each doing AN ENTIRE SEASON w/o their main character, so I'm pretty sure The Simpsons could figure it out... if they cared.πŸ€”
Hey @TheSimpsons! You might wanna see if this guy is available. You could even have @HankAzaria play the new Sephardic Jewish owner of the Quik-E-Mart, if he's worried about only playing 999,999 voices on the show instead of an even 1,000,000. 😁 

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