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No Good Read Goes Unpunished
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No Good Read Goes Unpunished is the fifteenth episode of Season 29.

Synopsis

In an attempt to bring the family back together, Marge forces everyone to hand in their electronics and take a trip to a book store.

Full Story

After Marge forces everyone to hand in their electronics, the family takes a trip to a book store. There, Bart discovers that he can use the book The Art of War to manipulate Homer into allowing him to go to a Tunnelcraft convention. Homer reads the book to in turn manipulate Bart by behaving like Ned Flanders.

Meanwhile, Marge purchases an old book that used to be her favorite in hopes of reading it to Lisa, but realizes that it is culturally offensive. Marge agrees to edit the story in order to lessen the offensive stereotypes and clichés, but after she reads it to Lisa, the two agree that it has lost meaning. Lisa chooses to take Marge to Springfield University, where she is told to her relief that modern critics read the book as a subversive satire of conformity. However, Marge is not entirely convinced.

Controversy

In the episode, Marge tries to read a beloved book to Lisa, only to realize the book is incredibly terrible and offensive in the world of today. Lisa looks directly at the camera and comments how something from decades ago can be applauded as inoffensive only to be seen as politically incorrect in the modern day. She turns to a framed photo of Apu and says "What can you do?".

It was written as an indirect response to the 2017 documentary, "The Problem With Apu", which was a disussion on the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and how he negatively impacted Indians in America.

The scene was heavily criticized by many people, including the writer of the original documentary, Hari Kondabolu.

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Season 28 Season 29 Episodes 29
The SerfsonsSpringfield SplendorWhistler's FatherTreehouse of Horror XXVIIIGrampy Can Ya Hear MeThe Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to BeSingin' in the LaneMr. Lisa's OpusGone BoyHaw-Haw LandFrink Gets TestyHomer Is Where the Art Isn't3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a MarriageFears of a ClownNo Good Read Goes UnpunishedKing LeerLisa Gets the BluesForgive and RegretLeft BehindThrow Grampa from the DaneFlanders' Ladder