My point is that anyone from any walk of life/ethnicity can easily point their finger at any Simpsons character and cry foul/racism, etc.
Also I didn't post a complete list, obviously.
Fat Tony: stereo typical Italian mafioso
Bumblebee man: ethnic stereo type
also just because the yellow characters are essentially caucasian is not that relevant when one considers that being a stereotypical moron like Homer Simpson isn't just relegated to white people.
Or Marge as a stereotypical housewife isn't just for white people, any one from any walk of life can be that.
Bart being an under-achiever/brat/vandal/troublemaker with no future is certainly not something only a white person can be.
The school bullies: same thing, just because their characters are "Caucasian" doesn't mean that people from any walk of life cannot be offended by them.
How about all the stereotypes/caricatures in Family Guy?
Lois: stereotypical housewife
Peter: he was diagnosed as actually being retarded, shouldn't all people that are retarded from any walk of life be offended by him?
How about the fact that one of the Griffin's neighbors is a senile pedophile with the hots for their son, Chris?
Quagmire: womanizer to the Nth degree
Cleveland: should black people be offended by him and his family? or that his spin off bombed?
Joe Swanson: stereotype of a mobility challenged person with deep anger issues? Should all people with such permanent injuries/conditions be offended by him?
Yes the Apu situation is a problem, but is it really as big a problem as some are making it out to be?
I really never understand the disconnect here. The issue isn't that Apu is a stereotype, it's for most of his history, the stereotype was the only representation people saw. If you can name one character for each of your examples that is not a stereotype, then it's not comparable to Apu.
I mean, imagine if there only one white character on all television that was a recurring character. We'll call him Ralph. Even if you did see another white character on television or in a movie, it was the same stereotype. People are always calling you Ralph, mimicking his accent to make fun of you, always using the line from the show to mock you. Basically, for everyone who is not white, their only reference of what it means to be white is Ralph. Not to mention that Ralph isn't even played by a white actor. Would that bother you?
Apu might not be a big problem for you, but I think it might be a big problem for people of Southeast Asian heritage.