Many have argued that this is not acceptable, and Hank Azaria stepped down from the role that he has played since 1990 earlier this year. In an interview with ABC News last year, Kondabolu commented on … — Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 9, 2018. He said the executives were "very sympathetic and supportive" when he told them he was "uncomfortable" voicing Apu. The show has been suffering a slow death; finally taking it off the air might be considered a mercy killing. After 30 years as a controversial Indian-American character on "The Simpsons," Hank Azaria has announced he will no longer voice the thickly accented Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Apu had the most growth and depth on the show, he’s a pillar of the Community,loves his job, loves his country,volunteer firefighter great friends with Paul McCartney and a major lady’s man just to name a few things. Last week, the TV producer Adi Shankar told IndieWire that “multiple sources” at “ The Simpsons ” said they were dropping the Indian-American character Apu, voiced by Hank Azaria. The producers could simply hire an Indian actor to voice the character. Almost every diehard Simpsons fan out there is most likely familiar with Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, but if you aren't, let me fill you in: On the show, Apu is the owner of the local convenience store, Kwik-E-Mart.He immigrated to Springfield from India many years ago, and has a strong Indian accent. You may opt-out by. u/RGRDBB2X. The Simpsons died long ago, and the fact that it still can attract controversy is almost impressive. Last week, the TV producer Adi Shankar told IndieWire that “multiple sources” at “The Simpsons” said they were dropping the Indian-American character Apu, voiced by Hank Azaria. And yet part of the reason Apu has remained a central character to "The Simpsons" is that, over many seasons, he has been provided with backstories and human flaws. Hank Azaria, who has voiced Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons for 30 years, said he will no longer be playing him, but it's still unclear what will happen to the animated character who has for years been seen as a racist stereotype. By Meredith Nardino. (*) It's the fact that the show is still on the air. Azaria announced in January he would no longer voice Apu. Fox. “(Referring to Homer) He slept, he stole, he was rude to the customers. Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. But critics of the show still aren't happy. In his mind, he was courting the danger of being "hacky" by rehashing it. The short is even more flaccid than a Saturday Night Live political sketch, a far cry from the sharp satire of Simpsons past, when the jokes were layered and the one-liners stung. The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on ‘The Simpsons,’ the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing,”“And especially in post 9/11 America, the idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally. — Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 9, 2018. Ever since Hari Kondabolu's 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu, the iconic Kwik-E-Mart owner has been widely viewed as a source of controversy.Kondabolu's documentary explores the culture surrounding Apu, the Indian immigrant stereotypes Apu enforced, and the effect it had on the children of Indian immigrants … ). "The Problem With Apu" is a nuanced look at "The Simpsons"' approach to race that explores all the … We want more Indian characters that don't play to outdated stereotypes. Producer Adi Shankar came out and said the show was dropping Apu as a result, only for Jean to refute this last … I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show. By Renaldo Matadeen Mar 13, 2019 The Simpsons showrunner, Al Jean, has admitted that while the controversial figure of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is still being kept on the show, the character is still a "work in progress." The Simpsons have just announced a major change to the filming of future episodes, and many fans are wondering – will popular character Apu will remain in the show? 8 months ago. He says the Apu problem is a well-worn topic in his inner circle. Apu is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria … 3. Much Apu About Something Much Apu About Something is the twelfth episode of Season 27. Apu was born in India but soon moved to America, where he brilliantly passed the citizenship exam. In other news, Run On episode 3: Release date and time for Netflix’s latest K-drama explained. Banned. Perhaps he underestimated the sanctity of "The Simpsons" in the comedy world (he's a fan himself, but, as he points out, "you can be critical of the thing and still love the thing"). Apu is no more, or, at the very least, the Apu we knew is gone. It has just been announced that the US animated comedy series The Simpsons which is broadcast on the Fox Network will no longer use white actors to voice people of colour. For lots of South Asian viewers of "The Simpsons," Apu — who is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria — is a painful stereotype. Apu, a clerk of the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, had not appeared on the show for months, but it was still unclear if Fox would be bringing the character back with another actor providing the voice. outside of the writers making wholesale changes, to what is already one of the more fleshed out side characters, i don't see how an indian person doing the same voice wouldn't also be a racist stereotype . The documentary sparked fierce debate, which only intensified after the Apu controversy was acknowledged within the show and promptly dismissed, sparking anger and fan backlash. By Matt Miller. I'm fascinated by all forms of storytelling; movies, television, mythology, fairy tales, and urban legends. In “The Problem with Apu,” I used Apu & The Simpsons as an entry point into a larger conversation about the representation of marginalized groups & why this is important. After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Black Lives Matter movement is continuing to be at the forefront of life. Series creator Matt Groening has said that Apu would still be on “The Simpsons,” according to SlashFilm, which suggested that the show could cast an Indian actor with an authentic voice. A representation of "Apu," fictional owner of the Kwik-E-Mart from the long-running televsion ... [+] cartoon show "The Simpsons." Apu is a naturalized US citizen, and holds a Ph.D. in computer science. 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He is the owner of a convenience store Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. So Apu will probably remain in the show, but he’ll just sound a little different. Yet still… The show has faced lots of criticism over the years for its Bengal-born character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The Simpsons showrunner, Al Jean, has admitted that while the controversial figure of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is still being kept on the show, the character is still a "work in progress.". Speaking to Slashfilm at TCA, … It … The awesome Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from The Simpsons cursors! {{#media.focal_point}}. Kondabolu notes that while Apu was one of the few representations of Indian people on TV during the show's early years, time has not been kind to the character, Apu now coming across as a distasteful stereotype. Series creator Matt Groening has said that Apu would still be on “The Simpsons,” according to SlashFilm, which suggested that the show could cast an Indian actor with an authentic voice. The producers’ official statement said nothing about the character of Apu in future shows, so it remains unknown. Just complaining about the new seasons (and I wonder if people even watch them, or are just basing it on the one season 19 episode they saw once and hated) On Friday, the show, which has been on the air for more than 30 years, announced it would be taking wider action in how its other nonwhite characters are voiced. The Simpsons star Hank Azaria made headlines recently when he announced he would no longer be voicing the series’ Indian character Apu. But it’s not clear what they’re going to do with him - even Kondabolu doesn’t seem entirely sure what the solution to the Apu problem would entail, suggesting that Apu should simply become wealthier: “The idea that Apu is still working at the Kwik-E-Mart versus owning these places seems weird. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has black hair and a strong Indian accent, he is voiced by Hank Azaria in the cartoon. Continue this thread level 2. so hypothetically, if an indian person voiced apu the exact same way, is it still a racist stereotype? Hank Azaria Confirms That He Will No Longer Voice the Character Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ After 30 Years. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images). Like Apu, The Simpsons is really showing its age, and to be fair, thirty seasons is more than enough to kill any pop culture juggernaut. However, after Hank Azaria’s departure it is likely that the character will simply be re-voiced by a new actor that is of Indian descent. Apu drew scrutiny with many recently voicing concerns about him being a racial stereotype. One of the original writers of The Simpsons has responded to claims that Apu will be written out of the show. “The Simpsons” started an effort to make this change in recent years, with Kevin Michael Richardson of … Nowadays, The Simpsons seems to exist only to sell merchandise and legitimize the mobile app, which is just as ridiculously profitable and exploitative as every other officially-licensed, pay-to-play mobile game. FOX/YouTube; Shutterstock. But many are arguing that The Simpsons must do more than simply changing some voices to diversify the shows, as there is a certain lack of people of colour within the series. For several years now, The Simpsons has been fading into irrelevance, the show’s Nielsen ratings and IMDb score steadily declining with each passing season. "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something," Azaria told SlashFilm in an interview Friday. When his wife Manjula once asked if he still found her attractive, he assured her: ‘Of course, my darling. That fact inspired comedian Hari Kondabolu to make the documentary "The Problem With Apu," which aired on TruTV last fall (and is still streaming in full on TruTV's website and elsewhere). The producers released a statement on Friday, simply saying: “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers said in a short statement.”. It appears that Hank Azaria has made a final decision about his future with The Simpsons character Apu. ‘Apu’ can still survive, though. Producers of The Simpsons have just made a huge change to the show in order to limit racial stereotypes, but people are wondering if a certain character still remain in the show. Comment deleted by user 2 years ago More than 1 child. The Simpsons Still Doesn’t Understand the Problem with Apu The long-running series issued an incredibly lukewarm response to critics of the stereotypical Indian character. sibarraz Chicken Chaser / Self-requested ban. The Underwhelming Response To ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ And ‘Tenet’ Highlights The Difference Between Streaming And Cinema. Groening told /Film Azaria never mentioned wanting to stop doing the caricature voice while he was promoting his Netflix series Disenchantment. Run On episode 3: Release date and time for Netflix’s latest K-drama explained, {{#media.media_details}} After 30 years as a controversial Indian-American character on "The Simpsons," Hank Azaria has announced he will no longer voice the thickly accented Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. It also features an appearance from “The Squad,” the four progessive congresswomen who frequently clash with Trump, and fails to say a single thing about any of them, or make any comment on Trump that hasn’t been repeated countless times in the last two years. I write about film, television, pop culture, and other fun stuff. Give us Raj the accountant or Karan the starbucks barista. The show recently highlighted its own irrelevance and inability to connect with pop culture with a misguided attempt at political commentary, attempting to make fun of Donald Trump with a musical skit. Make him wealthy. The Simpsons is reportedly set to drop the Indian character of Apu from the show, after it was accused of racial stereotyping. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American scripted prime-time television series with respect to seasons and number of episodes. Modern-day Simpsons, however, is practically indistinguishable from Family Guy, or any other animated Simpsons clone. The character, who is a convenience store owner with a comedic nature, can be seen as a racist stereotype. In an interview with ABC News last year, Kondabolu commented on … January 17, 2020. The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on ‘The Simpsons,’ the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing,”“And especially in post 9/11 America, the idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally. That fact inspired comedian Hari Kondabolu to make the documentary "The Problem With Apu," which aired on TruTV last fall (and is still streaming in full on TruTV's website and elsewhere). level 2. Apu will continue to feature in The Simpsons, the show’s creator has confirmed.. Matt Groening made the announcement during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend. For lots of South Asian viewers of "The Simpsons," Apu — who is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria — is a painful stereotype. There's speculation that could happen, after "Castlevania" executive producer and show runner Adi Shankar recently told IndieWire "The Simpsons" has … Continue this thread level 2. Close. Throughout the last year, as the controversy surrounding the problematic Simpsons character Apu has heated up, the show producers have struggled with how to address the situation. Make him somebody who’s actually had things work out for them—an immigrant who’s successful.”. cartoon show "The Simpsons." Posted by. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. New content will be added above the current area of focus upon selection And yet part of the reason Apu has remained a central character to "The Simpsons" is that, over many seasons, he has been provided with backstories and human flaws. “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean weighed in Sunday. Hank Azaria confirmed that he’ll be stepping down from his role as the voice of Apu on The Simpsons after more than 30 years. After the news, many people are wondering if Apu’s character will be taken out of new episodes of The Simpson’s entirely, or whether he will remain in the show. He’s not some stereotype who runs the mini mart he’s an actual character. However, while creator Matt Groening defended the character of Apu, producer Adi Shankar has confirmed that The Simpsons will no longer feature Apu. Apu and Hank Azaria. In “The Problem with Apu,” I used Apu & The Simpsons as an entry point into a larger conversation about the representation of marginalized groups & why this is important. Many people are advocating for the world to become a more diverse place, cutting out any forms of direct and indirect racism. Apu will continue to feature in The Simpsons, the show’s creator has confirmed.. Matt Groening made the announcement during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend. Throughout the last year, as the controversy surrounding the problematic Simpsons character Apu … The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress. Apu, a clerk of the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, had not appeared on the show for months, but it was still unclear if Fox would be bringing the character back with another actor providing the voice. If the Apu controversy taught us anything, it’s that The Simpsons, in its current form, has nothing left to say, absolutely nothing to contribute to the discussion, other than another dull Twitter debate. It appears that Hank Azaria has made a final decision about his future with The Simpsons character Apu. Still, there goes the best-damned employee a convenience store ever had.” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon[src] “Thank you! Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. What's the status of Apu's role on 'The Simpsons'? Television is an area that has been under fire for both its historic and current use of racist stereotypes, with many shows being taken down from streaming sites in support of the movement. Fox. End of an era! The Simpsons Series 28 Episode 6 In other news, Run On episode 3: Release date and time for Netflix’s latest K-drama explained. The show’s golden years (seasons 1-10), are permanently entwined in pop culture, inspiring beautiful fanart and strange memes (this excellent YouTube video goes into further detail on how the show’s memory is still thriving through its fandom). The most striking thing about this week's Great Apu Debate isn't that various people like or dislike a '90s cartoon character. But the rant went viral, eventually making its way to Azaria. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Apu had the most growth and depth on the show, he’s a pillar of the Community,loves his job, loves his country,volunteer firefighter great friends with Paul McCartney and a major lady’s man just to name a few things. He graduated first in his class of seven million at 'Caltech' – Calcutta Technical Institute – going on to earn his doctorate at the Springfield Heights Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T. We watch new Simpsons episodes and then talk about them on Wednesday with our comic book guy, and we always laugh about it (and reminisce about earlier episodes), but I never see that on the internet. Apu is no more, or, at the very least, the Apu we knew is gone. Few consider Apu hideously offensive, but the character likely wouldn’t have been conceived today. Fans realize the problems with Apu and still love The Simpsons. In response to increasing speculation that Apu was to be quietly written off the show, Matt Groening recently confirmed that the character isn’t going anywhere. 1 Synopsis 2 Full Story 3 Videos 4 References Sanjay passes his stake in the Kwik-E-Mart to his millennial son, Jay, who turns it into a hip, health food market against Apu’s insistence on tradition. He’s not some stereotype who runs the mini mart he’s an actual character. Archived. Apu is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria who puts on a voice to make himself sound of Indian descent. I loved the show, I loved it so much that I put up with that part of every show where Apu was there and I had to grimace and I … On Friday, the show, which has been on the air for more than 30 years, announced it would be taking wider action in how its other nonwhite characters are voiced. ‘The Simpsons’ Is Reportedly Dropping Apu, But They’re Still Committed to Being Completely Unwatchable. Last week, producer and Youtuber Adi … Oct 27, 2017 12,328. Oct 29, 2018 Getty Images. (*) It's the fact that the show is still on the air. The most striking thing about this week's Great Apu Debate isn't that various people like or dislike a '90s cartoon character. One of the original writers of The Simpsons has responded to claims that Apu will be written out of the show. Frankly, Apu’s problematic presence was the most interesting discussion surrounding the show in years. The show has faced lots of criticism over the years for its Bengal-born character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. By Yohana Dest a The skit mocks Trump’s hairstyle and jokes about his relationship to Vladimir Putin (first time I’ve heard that). Comment deleted by user 2 years ago More than 1 child. These days, racial controversy is the only way the show can draw attention, like an aging comedian whose Netflix special is titled something like “Triggered,” “Trigger Warning,” or “Warning: Trigger Warning.”. Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Apu on "The Simpsons." Apu will not be written out of The Simpsons following the controversy surrounding the character and whether he perpetuates racial stereotypes … Producer Adi Shankar said sources told him the show would phase out Apu, but showrunner Jean denied that. In the episode "Homer and Apu", Apu says he is from Rahmatpur, West Bengal. Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Apu on "The Simpsons." However, while creator Matt Groening defended the character of Apu, producer Adi Shankar has confirmed that The Simpsons will no longer feature Apu. NEW YORK - JULY 2: Mandy Lui (C) of Toronto poses with larger than life ‘Apu’ from the television cartoon show ‘The Simpsons’ at a 7-11 store on 345 W. 42nd Street, converted into a Kwik-E-Mart to promote ‘The Simpsons Movie’ opening next month, July 2, 2007 in New York City. Make him a mogul. At this point, does the fate of Apu really matter? Have something to tell us about this article? level 2. Can These Riveting Depictions Of World Events By Children Overcome Adult Complacency And Cynicism? What's the status of Apu's role on 'The Simpsons'? Azaria went on to say that he still loves The Simpsons … The Simpsons became an echo of itself long ago, but the show started sparking headlines after comedian Hari Kondabolu created a documentary outlining The Problem With Apu. The Simpsons aren't solving the lack of representation by getting rid of Hank Azaria as Apu pic.twitter.com/JGKQW4wyDo. He said the executives were "very sympathetic and supportive" when he told them he was "uncomfortable" voicing Apu. Apu drew scrutiny with many recently voicing concerns about him being a … The Simpsons became an echo of itself long ago, but the show started sparking headlines after comedian Hari Kondabolu created a documentary outlining The Problem With Apu… The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress. I'm sure most are familiar with the controversy surrounding the character of Apu that's been going the last couple years. Apu is devoted to his wife and eight children, even if he’s too busy to always show it. There have been rumors about what The Simpsons would do about Apu, but none were substantiated. As an Indian I don't need Apu's VA to matches his race. Earlier this week, Adi Shankar, a vocal critic of Apu’s portrayl, said he had been told the show wouldn’t be continuing with Apu’s storyline in future episodes. They ’ re still Committed to being Completely Unwatchable but showrunner Jean denied.! 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