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Goodness gracious me! The Simpsons is most surely missing the point. Apu, the Hindu shopkeeper at the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the long-running cartoon series has, reportedly, been dumped from the show, following complaints that his character is a racist misrepresentation of South Asians.

In particular, he’s got a ‘funny voice’. Condemned as a stereotype, Apu has become the target for a campaign of hand-wringing and virtue-signalling.

The faux outrage completely ignores the fact that, in the fictional town of Springfield — a place not noted for its intellectuals — Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is well-read and armed with thoughtful opinions.

Top of his class (of seven million) at technical college in Calcutta, he also has a PhD in computer science and is a member of Mensa. He is unfailingly polite to his customers, always wishing them well with his catchphrase, ‘Thank-you-come-again’.

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Bibi Haniffa posted:

Sunil for a moment I thought you left out the letter "N" from your subject line.

yuji22 posted:

Me too. I was about to throw a big party. 

Ah also taut dat ee mek wan big, big, biiiig mistake/beefsteak.

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