‘The Simpsons’ Are Thinking About Changing Apu After Racist Controversy
A controversy over presumed racist representation led the writers of “The Simpsons” to evaluate changing the characteristics of one of their oldest and beloved characters: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon .
The controversy arose after Indian-born American comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary titled “The Trouble with Apu,”where celebrities such as Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn and Whoopi Goldberg referred to the stereotypes represented by the owner of the Kwik-E-Mart. , as well as the consequences of the acceptance of these jokes in American popular culture were discussed.
The actor who lends his voice to the character, Hank Azaria , was consulted on the matter by TMZ and noted that “the documentary has very interesting arguments … it gave us a lot to think about, and we are thinking about it “.
In that line, Azaria acknowledged that the writers of the series are thinking about what changes can be made to the character. “It’s really disturbing that (the character) was offensive or caused pain to anyone,” he said.
For his part, the comedian in charge of the documentary made it clear on Twitter that “Apu does not offend me, he insults me and my community, I am an adult with more important things to worry about”.
Also, Kondabolu asked not to take the “easy” route and do not remove Apu from the series killing him , which he described as an “insult to the legacy of the series”.
“Let him own several Kwik-E-Marts, let his children talk, the plots are repeating themselves for years and changes can give many new stories,” he said.
To @TheSimpsons Writers: Please do NOT remove Apu from The Simpsons. Killing him is lazy writing & an insult to the show’s legacy. Let him be upwardly mobile & own multiple Qwik E Marts. Let his kids talk. Plots have been repeating for years & tweaks provide tons of new stories.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) December 4, 2017