After progressively diminishing the character, it appears that The Simpsons might be gearing up to drop Kwik-E-Mart clerk and Indian-American icon, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Well, kind of Indian-American. Apu has gotten a lot of flak lately for being racist depiction of Indian-Americans. One of my favorite comedians, Hari Kondabolu, even released a documentary about it The Problem with Apu last year. But growing up in the s, Apu was something of a hero for me. Homer decides to skip church, and falls asleep at home while smoking a cigar.
'The Simpsons' completely missed the mark in addressing Apu criticism
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Using Lisa as a human shield is the ultimate act of cowardice. In , comedian Hari Kondabolu wrote and starred in a documentary called The Problem with Apu in which he examined the cultural significance of The Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Kwik-E-Mart owner, who speaks with a heavy, stereotypical Indian accent and is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white man. Last night, The Simpson s offered its tepid reply. The scene began with Marge reading a bedtime story to Lisa that had been neutered with social justice buzzwords. A photo of Apu on the nightstand helped make it very clear they were no longer talking about the fictional bedtime story. What can you do?
‘The Simpsons’ Responds to Apu Controversy: ‘Some Things Will Be Dealt With At A Later Date’
Sunday's episode had Lisa and Marge vaguely alluding to the Apu controversy only to shrug it off and say they might never address it — and that's just sad. TheSimpsons completely toothless response to harikondabolu TheProblemWithApu about the racist character Apu: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect What can you do? A quick brief on Apu: Springfield's Kwik-E-Mart owner is an Indian immigrant voiced by a white man Hank Azaria, who's listening to the noise and mostly written by white writers.
The Simpsons has responded to the Apu stereotyping controversy , and not everyone is down with how it was handled. Aghast at the depictions she didn't recognise as a youngster, Marge edits the book to make it ostensibly less offensive for this day and age. The book's lead character Clara is now a "cisgender girl," who releases wild horses and fights net neutrality.