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Morrissey performs at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine in 2019. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
“[C]alling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing,” Katsis’ Facebook post continued. “It only serves to insult the artist. They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves.”
Katsis also mentioned actor Hank Azaria, who apologized to people of Indian descent last week for voicing the controversial “Simpsons” character Apu. Azaria previously quit playing the local convenience store owner after the role was widely condemned as a harmful stereotype.
“Simpson’s actor Hank Azaria’s recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding ‘structural racism’ says it all,” Katsis wrote. “Unlike the character in the Simpson’s ‘Panic’ episode … Morrissey has never made a ‘cash grab’, hasn’t sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and strong supporter for animal rights.
“By suggesting all of the above in this episode … the Simpson’s hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all. Truly they are the only ones who have stopped creating, and have instead turned unapologetically hurtful and racist.”
Fox, which airs “The Simpsons,” declined to comment when reached Monday by the Los Angeles Times.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.