South Park‘s latest episode has taken aim at The Simpsons over the continued controversy surrounding the character Apu.
The Indian-born character’s presence in the show has come under fresh scrutiny since the premiere of comedian Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu, which investigated the problematic nature of the Kwik-E-Mart owner and asked whether the character – who is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria – promotes racial stereotypes.
Last night’s South Park episode ‘The Problem with a Poo’ lampooned its long-running cartoon rival over the controversy, as well as satirising the recent confirmation hearings of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Basing the episode around fan favourite Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo, the character is increasingly portrayed as the town racist, forcing him to leave South Park.
As he rides off into the sunset, Stan asks: “Where will he go?” His dad Randy replies: “He’ll have to find a place that accepts racist, awful beings like him. There are still places out there that don’t care about bigotry and hate.” The scene then cuts to Springfield, the home of The Simpsons.
“Welcome, my friend. Please, rest your weary feet and make yourself at home here!” Apu then offers as a greeting to Mr Hankey. The episode concludes with the phrase #CancelTheSimpsons, riffing off the recent promotional hashtag #CancelSouthPark.
Watch the whole scene in question below.
The 22nd season of South Park has already attracted headlines for its premiere episode, which addressed the spate of school shootings in the US.