Plagued by complaints of stereotyping, television’s longest running animated series, The Simpsons, is being killed by its producers for political correctness after a 31-year run.
The protest movement began with complaints from the South Asian community about the portrayal of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Kwik-E-Mart store operator and father of eight children.
Following the complaint about Apu, a barrage of other groups lined up to express their beefs, among them:
Promisekeepers, the men’s group, complained about the stereotyping of Homer Simpson as a bad father and role model
The National Organization of Women attacked the program for its stereotyping of Marge Simpson as a dutiful housewife.
The American Medical Association panned the portrayal of Dr. Julius Hibbert, claiming he was “far too hip” to be a family practitioner.
Dunkin' Donuts and the National Law Enforcement Association objected to the stereotype of the Springfield Police Chief Clancy Wiggum and his officers.
The American Bartenders’ Association criticized the character, bar owner Moe Szilak, as being an enabler for
people with addictions.
Alcoholics Anonymous said the program's character Barney Gumble degraded people dealing with substance abuse.
The National Education Association complained the Mrs. Crabapple and Principal Seymour Skinner were “detrimental portrayals” of educators.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars singled out the character Skinner, a Viet Nam war vet, as an attack on the thousands of American soldiers who were dealing with PTSD
The American Association of Retired People objected to the portrayal of Abraham “Grandpa” Simpson and other seniors as a confused, feeble old people.
Simpsons creator Matt Groening told CNBS’s Holley Woode that the final blow came from a joint statement from the American Greyhound Society and Greyhound Bus Lines, who lashed out at the portrayal of Santa’s-Little-Helper, the Simpson family dog. “How could anyone be so cruel to a loyal, loving animal that is unable to defend itself!” a spokesman said.
FOX head, Rupert Murdoch, was another critic complaining about the show's unflattering portrayal of old, decrepit billionaires and announced the network has cancelled the series.
Donald Trump attacked the show for having large amounts of animation work carried out by illegal immigrants or sending work to another country. Mr. Trump also ranted about the poor judgement of producers in not having him as a regular character.