The Simpsons has been receiving backlash for it’s portrayal of one of it’s characters. The character in question is the Indian American character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
Apu is the owner of Springfield’s “Quik-E-Mart.” This portrayal has led to racist rhetoric being used toward Indian Americans in our country. Comedian Hari Kondabolu recently questioned the characters effect on society in his documentary “The Problem with Apu.”
Hari loves The Simpsons franchise, but was forced to deal with the effects of the character being popular. Hari reached out to Hank Azaria in the documentary to speak about the character, but he declined. Hank Azaria is the voice of the character for the cartoon.
Azaria has voiced the character for almost 30 years. Recently he said the show will finally address the conflicted character. He said, “They are giving it a lot of thought.” “We’ve discussed it a little bit, and they will definitely address, maybe publicly, but certainly creatively within the context of the show, what they want to do, if anything, differently with the character,” continued Azaria.
Hopefully their addressing of their characters effect on society will help to resolve future conflicts moving forward.