On Sunday night, The Simpsons mocked the documentary The Problem With Apu, by comedian Hari Kondabolu. The documentary suggested that The Simpsons was racist because Apu is clearly a racial — which he is. Because The Simpsons is a comedy.
In the episode, Lisa brushes off criticisms of Apu thusly: “Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?”
Kondabolu complained that the response was “sad” and W. Kamau Bell declared the show “dead.” But the most asinine response was reserved for Gizmodo’s io9 host Beth Elderkin, who tut-tutted the show for supposedly undercutting the legacy of Lisa Simpson:
Of course, there is no “Real Lisa.” Lisa is a character created by the same guy who created Apu. Acting as though “Real Lisa” would inform her creator that he was a bigot for having created Apu is utterly insane.
As David Burge puts it on Twitter:
But Elderkin wasn’t the only person angry that Lisa would become a spokesperson for rational discourse:
The Left is so angry that it is now going after its own icons in order to fight the wars of intersectionality. Matt Groening is so far left that he idolizes Ted Rall and openly states that his show is meant to be subversive of authority figures, adding, “We always hide behind ‘It’s just a cartoon!’” But the latest hubbub over Apu is just another example of how the Left are busily eating their own on behalf of a new cultural vanguard based on identity politics.