In the show's April 8 episode, The Simpsons attempted to address the controversy by breaking the fourth wall. In a scene, Lisa Simpson addressed the audience's concerns that the character of Apu was racist.
"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect... What can you do?" she said.
"Some things will be dealt with at a later date," Marge Simpson said.
"If at all," Lisa replied.
At the time, Jean denied all interview requests, saying he'd rather let the show speak for itself. Now, he's taken to Twitter to explain that he appreciates all of the feedback the segment received.
.@TheSimpsons I truly appreciate all responses pro and con. Will continue to try to find an answer that is popular & more important right— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 13, 2018
Watch the clip below.
#TheSimpsons completely toothless response to @harikondabolu #TheProblemWithApu about the racist character Apu:— Soham (@soham_burger) April 9, 2018
"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect... What can you do?" pic.twitter.com/Bj7qE2FXWN