The Problem With "The Problem With Apu"
There is a brouhaha brewing over The Simpsons' response to comedian Hari Kondabolu's The Problem With Apu, the Indian-American convenience store owner in the series.
A little background; comedian Hari Kondabolu made a documentary about the negative effects The Simpsons' Apu character has on the Indian community in the United States.
What is missing from this is discussion is that being lampooned means Indian-Americans are fully accepted in the American culture. Many Indians are CEOs, technology workers, business owners and most importantly, an integral part of the middle to upper middle class.
Dennis Miller says it best:
Come out an play, you are part of the human collective. We affectionately poke fun at each other. It's not hate and "erasure", nor is it "marginalization" or "punching down". Welcome to the club.