“The Simpsons” just made its Apu problem worse — and proved its creative bankruptcy – Salon.com

As to what we should stop caring about, the obvious answer would be Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the character that inspired half of the plot’s spine for “No Good Read Goes Unpunished.”

We weren’t meant to see that from the get-go, understand. Executive producer Al Jean teased as much before the episode aired, promising “a Twitter explosion in act three.” That was the moment at which we were to realize that the wandering and weak plot spine was meant as a half-baked clap back at comedian Hari Kondabolu’s “The Problem with Apu,” an excellent documentary that premiered on TruTV in November 2017.

That’s right around the time that “The Simpsons” writers would have been in the early stages of working on “No Good Read Goes Unpunished.” The main story begins with a concerned Marge urging the family to rekindle a love of reading, which she does by taking Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Homer to a local bookstore. There, she encounters a classic edition of “The Princess in the Garden,” one of her favorite childhood books, and she decides to read it to Lisa.



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