Comic Riffs 9 April 2018

‘The Simpsons’ responds to criticism that Apu is a stereotype: ‘Don’t have a cow’

ON SUNDAY night, “The Simpsons” responded with snapshot brevity to the most recent criticism that one of its longest-running characters is culturally insensitive. Last fall, Brooklyn standup Hari Kondabolu debuted his documentary “The Problem With Apu,” in which the comedian of Indian heritage weighed whether the Fox show’s Indian-born convenience-store clerk, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, did “more harm than […]

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ trailer tries to reassure us that the troubled movie turned out okay

“I’VE WAITED a long time for a shot like this.” Well, young Han, break up the narrative carbonite and board your Falcon, because your shot has arrived. The second trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” landed late Sunday, and the undercurrent to the two-minute-plus clip seems to be: Let’s assuage your concerns, dear viewer, […]

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