The rise and fall and rise and fall of Roseanne

What to make of Roseanne Barr? Yet another hot take? No. Her personal and professional lives, to both the most casual observers and the most ardent fans, have ridden the metaphorical rollercoaster for more than three decades now. And it’s all been well documented. From her initial breakthrough as a “domestic goddess” on The Tonight […]

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The Simpsons ineptly defends Apu as once upon a time “applauded and inoffensive”

On Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, the writers had little Lisa give advice to her mom about something or other, using it instead as an opportunity to defend themselves against charges of racism for having a white actor voice an Indian character with a heavily stereotyped accent. “It’s hard to say,” Lisa bemoans. “Something […]

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The Simpsons ineptly defends Apu as once upon a time “applauded and inoffensive”

On Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, the writers had little Lisa give advice to her mom about something or other, using it instead as an opportunity to defend themselves against charges of racism for having a white actor voice an Indian character with a heavily stereotyped accent. “It’s hard to say,” Lisa bemoans. “Something […]

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Hank Azaria Responds to Hari Kondabolu’s ‘The Problem with Apu’ Documentary: “It’s a Lot to Digest”

Hank Azaria has responded to Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary The Problem with Apu. Speaking to a reporter from TMZ who asked for his thoughts on the documentary, Azaria said Kondabolu “made some really interesting points” and “gave us a lot at The Simpsons to think about, and we really are thinking about it.” When asked what […]

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Hank Azaria responds to Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary on The Simpsons: “The Problem with Apu”

Here’s something you don’t see much: A celebrity thanking TMZ for stopping him to ask a question. But here was Hank Azaria, who voices Apu (among several other characters) on The Simpsons, with a statement regarding comedian Hari Konadbolu’s documentary for truTV, The Problem With Apu. “I think the documentary made some really interesting points, […]

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Talking ‘The Problem with Apu’ with Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu first aired his beef with Simpsons character/stereotypical caricature Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kondabolu called Apu’s voice “a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father.” Apu has always been personal for Kondabolu: an insult to his immigrant parents, a lazy joke for […]

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Hari Kondabolu Confronts His Nemesis in the Trailer for truTV’s ‘The Problem with Apu’

Hari Kondabolu has a new documentary heading to truTV soon, and today the network released the trailer. Titled The Problem with Apu, the feature-length documentary follows Kondabolu as he “confronts his long-standing ‘nemesis’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Through this comedic cultural exposé, Kondabolu questions how this […]

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Trevor Noah Calls Out the NRA for Their Silence on Philando Castile

In case you missed it, here’s a great clip from last night’s Daily Show, where Trevor Noah takes some time during a segment called “So Much News, So Little Time” to address not just the Philando Castile verdict, but the resulting silence of the NRA despite the fact that Castile was a legal gun owner. […]

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The Age of Message Comedy

Lots of comedians I follow on Twitter haven’t joked in months, and it’s not because they don’t funny ideas. It’s because of articles like this. We thought we’d made progress these last eight years. Things weren’t perfect; we knew they never would be, but they were improving — at a rate faster than I’d seen in […]

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