That title is a reference to Hari Kondabolu's recent documentary "The Problem with Apu," which attempts to unpack the impact of classic "Simpsons" character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, often viewed as a racist depiction of South Asian characters.
Over the past year or two, The Simpsons has come under some serious fire for the character of Apu, an Indian immigrant that speaks with a stereotypical accent, runs a convenience store, and is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria. Throughout the episode, Mr. Hankey had been sending out offensive, racist tweets, and he used Roseanne Barr's Ambien defense each time. Mr. Hankey hoped to use the hearing to clear his name, only making things worse by blaming his tweets and "bad jokes" on an Ambien overdose. The episode-long gag was that the "The Simpsons" had used every possible plot device. As they watch him leave, one of the boys asks, "Where will he go?"
Hankey ends up getting cast out of South Park by the end of the episode, forcing him to find a new place to live.
As the quote concludes, the camera reveals the town of Springfield, where The Simpsons takes place.
The episode centered around Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, a talking turd in a Santa hat that first appeared in a Christmas-themed episode in 1997.
Fittingly, a version of Apu - complete with over the top accent - greets Mr. Hankey, just before the screen cuts to black and offers up a call to #cancelthesimpsons. "The Problem With a Poo".
That brings us to Wednesday's South Park, aptly titled "The Problem With a Poo".
South Park has a lot on its plate these days in terms of cramming so much news and pop culture developments into 22 minutes of satire, and this week, they did what they could by taking on Brett Kavanaugh, Roseanne Barr and so much more.