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The writers basically shrugged their shoulders at criticisms of Apu being politically incorrect, and some fans aren't happy while others applaud the show's response.

"The Simpsons" fans are divided over how the show addressed "The Problem With Apu" documentary on Sunday's episode.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu, who directed the film making the case that Springfield's resident Kwik-E-Mart owner and clerk has been a problematic stereotypical portrayal of an Indian man since the character was introduced decades ago, called the writers' approach "sad," while other fans argued the entire series is full of characters that play off of cultural stereotypes.

The moment in question arrived in the episode, "No Good Read Goes Unpunished," in which Marge edited Lisa's favorite (fictional) children's book "The Princess in the Garden" to be "as inoffensive as a Sunday in Cincinnati." As a result, Lisa thought the character lacked any kind of an "emotional journey" for any kind of satisfying arc, rendering the story pointless.

When Marge asked what she was supposed to do, Lisa broke the fourth wall and talked directly to the audience: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" Then she looked to a picture of Apu next to her with the words "Don't have a cow" scribbled on it.

"Some things will be dealt with at a later date," Marge replied. And then Lisa added, "If at all."

That didn't please those who think there is a legitimate problem with Apu, a character criticized for being voiced by white actor Hank Azaria, as well as having exaggerated mannerisms and catchphrases that serve as a poor representation for people of South Asian descent. In "The Problem With Apu," actors including Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi and Hasan Minhaj are among those speaking out against the character, and the filmmaker behind the documentary took to Twitter Sunday night to voice his displeasure with the episode.

Many others continued to follow suit:

On the other hand, some people thought that Lisa delivering the line was a good decision and praised the way that the show addressed the controversy.

Executive Producer Al Jean predicted the Twitter debate before the episode even started and defended the show.

"The Simpsons," TV's longest-running comedy ever, is currently in its 29th season and airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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