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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Et tu, Apu?
Friends, you may or may not have noticed, but the PC culture wars have come to The Simpsons, which I have watched and enjoyed for many years. Hank Azaria, who voices many of the characters, is under fire for propagating an admittedly stereotypical Indian character named "Apu". Does Apu make Indian immigrants look ridiculous? Most assuredly, but the whole point of The Simpsons is to make EVERYONE look ridiculous. The sad fact is that all too many leftists lack the necessary sense of humor to see what a valuable service to society this sort of satire is. We need a safety valve, after all, and we need to preserve the ability to think critically, even about cherished institutions and ideas.
The best part of the article below comes at the end, when the author reminds us that PC bullying only works if we allow it to work. If we self-censor out of fear that the PC police will read us the riot act, or if we back down when they do, it only encourages them. There are levels of "insensitivity" that all of us should avoid, I'm sure, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water -- let's maintain our ability to laugh at each other, and at ourselves.