In an interview with USA Today celebrating the fact The Simpsons is officially the longest-running scripted primetime show with 636 episodes and counting, Matt Groening finally responded to comedian Hari Kondabolu's TruTV documentary, The Problem With Apu.
The documentary critiques the character's depiction as a racist stereotype.
Groening says he doesn't think much of Kondabolu's criticism. "I’m proud of what we do on the show," he said. "And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended."
Kondabolu responded to Groening's interview on Twitter, saying it proves he did not watch the documentary.
While Groening's response falls in line with responses from other Simpsons writers, including Al Jean, Hank Azaria publicly apologized on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for voicing the controversial character and offered to step aside from the role of Apu.
An April 8 episode of The Simpsons touched on the Apu controversy in a way many viewers found disappointing but which hinted there'd be more to come on the subject. When asked by USA Today what that meant, Groening simply said, "We’ll let the show speak for itself."
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