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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Reveals Cut Scenes From ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ 22 Years Later

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Reveals Cut Scenes From ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ 22 Years Later
We’ve known for many years now who shot Mr. Burns, but way back when it was the biggest mystery to ever hit Springfield. 22 years after answering that question, “The Simpsons” writer Josh Weinstein has revealed cut lines from one of the show’s most famous episodes.

Read More:‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says

Grampa Simpson, Homer’s Brain, and Milhouse all appear in the excised scenes, which revolve around, you guessed it, figuring out who shot Mr. Burns. (Spoiler alert: It was Maggie!) “That’s right,” Grampa Simpsons says at the beginning. “We all gotta stick together if we’re going to have any hope of bringing that awful Homer to justice.” Homer finds himself in the woods hours later and complains, “When I agreed to this plan, I didn’t know there’d be so much running.”

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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Reveals Cut Scenes From ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ 22 Years Later

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Reveals Cut Scenes From ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ 22 Years Later
We’ve known for many years now who shot Mr. Burns, but way back when it was the biggest mystery to ever hit Springfield. 22 years after answering that question, “The Simpsons” writer Josh Weinstein has revealed cut lines from one of the show’s most famous episodes.

Read More:‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says

Grampa Simpson, Homer’s Brain, and Milhouse all appear in the excised scenes, which revolve around, you guessed it, figuring out who shot Mr. Burns. (Spoiler alert: It was Maggie!) “That’s right,” Grampa Simpsons says at the beginning. “We all gotta stick together if we’re going to have any hope of bringing that awful Homer to justice.” Homer finds himself in the woods hours later and complains, “When I agreed to this plan, I didn’t know there’d be so much running.”

Read More:‘The Problem
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The Simpsons May Remove “Apu” Character after Being Accused of Racism

The Problem with Apu is a new documentary about Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who is one of the most recognizable characters on The Simpsons. As its name states, said documentary is focused on how the character perpetuates a number of stereotypes about Indians as well as other South Indian people, which are then used to mistreat people belonging to those groups. The Problem with Apu is headed by the comedian Hari Kondabolu, who was fond of the character as a child but became more critical when he started seeing the impact that the character has had. Primarily, the documentary consists of a

The Simpsons May Remove “Apu” Character after Being Accused of Racism
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'The Simpsons' Need to Give Apu Some Power Says Comedian Hari Kondabolu

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_zvvqomh0"]] Hank Azaria's stereotypical Indian voice as 'Simpsons' character Apu isn't the show's biggest problem -- it's getting Apu some power ... according to the comedian who's challenging producers to make changes.  Hari Kondabolu's documentary, "The Problem with Apu" prompted Hank to tell us he's sorry if he offended anyone with his portrayal of Apu. He also hinted there's a chance Apu doesn't come back -- but Hari says there's a better solution. 'Simpsons' producers,
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The Simpsons: Hank Azaria addresses The Problem With Apu

Tony Sokol Dec 5, 2017

Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu has spurred a dialog on soft racism at The Simpsons...

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the ever-pleasant Kwik-e-Mart merchant on The Simpsons, is ascending to healer status.

Apu graduated first in his class of seven million at Calcutta Technical Institute (Caltech), before earning his Ph.D. in computer science at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology (Shit). He has currently been giving lessons in 'soft racism,' and Hank Azaria, the actor who voices Apu, is paying close attention in class. The dialog began with the TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu, from comic and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu, which pointed out how the character exploits stereotypes of Indian immigrants.

“I think the documentary made some really interesting points and gave us a lot to think about and we really are thinking about it,” Azaria told TMZ during an impromptu interview at Lax.
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‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says

‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says
The Simpsons” team is looking at how to handle longtime Springfield resident Apu Nahasapeemapetilon after a recent wave of criticism of the controversial Indian character. Notably, Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem With Apu” (which is streaming on truTV.com) examined how the character reinforced hurtful cultural stereotypes. But Hank Azaria, who has voiced the character since 1990, has remained quiet publicly about the matter. TMZ recently spoke with Azaria, who said that the documentary was definitely food for thought and could inspire change on the show.

“I think the documentary did make some really interesting points, and gave us a lot at ‘The Simpsons’ to think about and we really are thinking about it,” he said. “Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by any character or vocal performance is really upsetting that was offensive or hurtful to anybody. I think it’s an important conversation and one definitely worth having.
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‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says

‘The Simpsons’ Team Considering How to Handle Apu Backlash, Hank Azaria Says
The Simpsons” team is looking at how to handle longtime Springfield resident Apu Nahasapeemapetilon after a recent wave of criticism of the controversial Indian character. Notably, Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem With Apu” examined how the character reinforced hurtful cultural stereotypes. But Hank Azaria, who has voiced the character since 1990, has remained quiet publicly about the matter. TMZ recently spoke with Azaria, who said that the documentary was definitely food for thought and could inspire change on the show.

“I think the documentary did make some really interesting points, and gave us a lot at ‘The Simpsons’ to think about and we really are thinking about it,” he said. “Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by any character or vocal performance is really upsetting that was offensive or hurtful to anybody. I think it’s an important conversation and one definitely worth having. We’re just really thinking
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Hank Azaria Says 'Simpsons' Discussing Apu Changes After Racism Allegation

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_4um2bdp7"]] Hank Azaria is breaking huge 'Simpsons' news -- Apu, one of the characters he voices, could be going away on the heels of a documentary accusing the hit show of racism. We got Azaria at Lax and asked him about "The Problem with Apu." Up until now Hank hasn't reacted, but he told us he and producers are taking the criticism seriously. If you haven't seen it, comedian Hari Kondabolu takes a hard look at
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‘The Problem With Apu’ Review

The Simpsons has been hailed as one of the greatest animated TV shows in Us television history; and it’s safe to say, that as a white male, I’ve never really thought of the show as anything more than a once-funny sitcom that has long-since outstayed its welcome (29 seasons? Really?). However that’s not the case for everyone.

The Problem With Apu sees comedian Hari Kondabolu speak with other prominent South Asian performers about the damaging legacy of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – the Kwik-e-Mart owning animated character on The Simpsons voiced by Hank Azaria, a white actor, with a heavily exaggerated stereotypical Indian accent – and the characters effect on a generation of performers who are now seeing the kinds of mainstream media success that offers a true representation of South Asians beyond the stereotypical cab driver, shop keeper or doctor…

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation,
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Problem with Apu’ Has A Few Problems Itself

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has had a problem with The Simpsons character Apu. So much so that he decided to make a documentary about it. The documentary is called The Problem with Apu and airs nationwide on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10Pm Et/Pt and will be available on all VOD but there are somethings that you might want to know before going into it.

There’s a lot of opinion and some facts.

So obviously going into this, Kondabolu makes it clear that he has problems with Apu. I mean it’s pretty much the title. So you should be aware that there will be both opinions and facts in this doc. The facts are based off of what Kondabolu had to go through in his life as well as what some other actors, actresses, doctors etc. had to face when dealing with racism that they believe have to do
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'Apu was a tool for kids to go after you': why The Simpsons remains problematic

The standup comic Hari Kondabolu talks about his documentary The Problem with Apu, which uses the notorious Kwik-e-Mart clerk as a springboard to discuss issues of representation and minstrelsy in pop culture

The words “thank you, come again” have haunted Hari Kondabolu, the Queens-born standup comic, for 28 years, he tells us at the beginning of his new documentary. Why? Because that’s the catchphrase uttered repeatedly by a certain cartoon store clerk, The Simpsons’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a beloved recurring character who was more or less a noxious pastiche of south Asian stereotypes.

Voiced by the white actor Hank Azaria, Apu is an unlikely subject for a documentary, having appeared in less than one-third of the show’s 623 episodes. But he’s also an appropriate case study into issues of representation, especially for a film that’s as much about The Simpsons as it is Kondabolu’s attempt to unpack – per
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Hari Kondabolu Takes on the Stereotype in ‘The Problem with Apu’ Clips

Comedian Hari Kondabolu (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) takes on a very popular cartoon and a specific character from that cartoon. The cartoon: The Simpsons. The Character: Apu. In the upcoming documentary The Problem with Apu Hari Kondabolu tells why he has a problem with the show, the character and minority media representation.

Below are new clips from the doc followed by the synopsis.

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar), Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender), Hasan Minjaj (The Daily Show), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect), Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Russell Peters (Source Code), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) share poignant
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‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation

‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation
Through a few decades and 600 episodes of “The Simpsons,” the convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has transformed an unfortunate stereotype into the basis for South Asian representation on television. In his new documentary, comedian Hari Kondabolu explores the blatantly racist portrayal that has been so generally accepted for the past 30 years.

In a clip from the upcoming truTV documentary, “The Problem With Apu,” Kondabolu and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar discuss the impact Apu had on them growing up. The consequences derived from Apu are devastating, specifically because there were no positive images of South Asians at the time of his debut to combat his flaws.

Read More:‘Insecure’ Producer Prentice Penny Adjusts to Life in Front of The Camera, Exploring the Good Life for TruTV’s ‘Upscale’

Joining Ambudkar in the documentary are Hasan Minhaj, Sakina Jaffrey, and Kal Penn who all share details about how Apu has personally affected them.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation

  • Indiewire
‘The Problem With Apu’: Before Aziz and Mindy, ‘The Simpsons’ Character Was TV’s Only South Asian Representation
Through a few decades and 600 episodes of “The Simpsons,” the convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has transformed an unfortunate stereotype into the basis for South Asian representation on television. In his new documentary, comedian Hari Kondabolu explores the blatantly racist portrayal that has been so generally accepted for the past 30 years.

In a clip from the upcoming truTV documentary, “The Problem With Apu,” Kondabolu and actor Utkarsh Ambudkar discuss the impact Apu had on them growing up. The consequences derived from Apu are devastating, specifically because there were no positive images of South Asians at the time of his debut to combat his flaws.

Read More:‘Insecure’ Producer Prentice Penny Adjusts to Life in Front of The Camera, Exploring the Good Life for TruTV’s ‘Upscale’

Joining Ambudkar in the documentary are Hasan Minhaj, Sakina Jaffrey, and Kal Penn who all share details about how Apu has personally affected them.
See full article at Indiewire »

New clip from The Simpsons doc ‘The Problem With Apu’

With the documentary set to have it’s World Premiere at Doc NYC on November 14th, before screening across the Us on truTV on Sunday November 19th, here’s a brand new clip from the highly-anticipated comedic documentary The Problem with Apu, which features interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, discussing the lasting impact of Hollywood stereotypes…

In the hour-long film, creator and star Hari Kondabolu, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.

From the press release:

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian
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Timely doc ‘The Problem with Apu’ gets a Us airdate

truTV have announced the premiere date for its highly-anticipated comedic documentary The Problem with Apu, which features interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, discussing the lasting impact of Hollywood stereotypes…

In the hour-long film, creator and star Hari Kondabolu, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.

Tackling the hot-button issue of minority media representation, The Problem with Apu will premiere on truTV Sunday, November 19th at 10Pm Et/Pt. Check out the trailer:

From the press release:

In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »
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