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The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria, who provides the voice for Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, has said he would be willing to give up the role and be replaced by an Indian or south Asian actor after calling for more “inclusion” and diversity in the show’s writing room.
He made the comments on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, where he called for the creators of The Simpsons to listen to the criticism over Apu, who has been called “a noxious pastiche of south Asian stereotypes”.
"It's come to my attention more and more, especially over the last couple of years, that people in the south Asian community in this country have been fairly upset by the voice and characterization," Azaria told Stephen Colbert.
"It's sparked a lot of conversation about what should be done with the character going forward, which is not so easy to answer."
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The actor, who has voiced the Fox cartoon’s Kwik-e-Mart owner since 1990, appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, where he addressed the recent controversy over his Indian-American character.
In case you need a refresher, The Simpsons — which has long received criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of Apu, most prominently from comedian Hari Kondabolu and his documentary The Problem With Apu — alluded to the controversy in its April 8 episode. After Marge discovered that
Azaria has voiced Apu since “The Simpsons” launched nearly three decades ago. But concerns over the stereotypical nature of the character have gained more attention after being the subject of the TruTV documentary “The Problem with Apu.” In that film, comedian Hari Kondabolu interviewed celebrities of South Asian descent about the negative impact that the character has had on them. Azaria has previously expressed concern that Apu might be deemed offensive or hurtful, and has said that the show will address the issue.
Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote his IFC series “Brockmire,” Azaria said he’s “given this a lot of thought, and as I say my eyes have been opened. I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].”
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Azaria added that “listening to voices means inclusion in the writer’s room. I really want to see Indians, South Asian writers in the room. Not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take. Including how it is voiced, or not voiced.”
“I’m perfectly happy and willing to step aside,” Azaria continued. “or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what ‘The Simpsons’ does, it not only makes sense, it just feels like the right thing to do to me.”
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.@HankAzaria addresses the controversy surrounding the character ‘Apu’ from @TheSimpsons. #Lssc #Apu #TheSimpsons pic.twitter.com/pkmYgcX4Il
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 25, 2018
Criticism of the character intensified in 2017 with the release of “The Problem With Apu” a documentary by filmmaker Hari Kondabolu that studied the effects of negative stereotypes perpetuated by the character.
On Twitter, Kondabolu thanked Azaria for his remarks.
Thank you, @HankAzaria. I appreciate what you said & how you said it. https://t.co/Otmxygf3DP
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 25, 2018
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This isn’t Azaria’ first time addressing the criticism. Earlier this year at TCA’s winter conference, Azaria talked about having seen the documentary and said at the time “The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing.”
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Apu’s portrayal came under scrutiny after the documentary “The Problem with Apu” brought attention to the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants that the character presents.
“I think the most important thing is to listen to Indian people and their experience with it,” Azaria said. “I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers room…including how [Apu] is voiced or not voiced. I’m perfectly willing to step aside. It just
The character, an Indian immigrant who runs Springfield's local convenient store, was the subject of the recent documentary, The Problem With Apu, which criticized Azaria's voice portrayal as portraying a stereotype.
When asked about the controversy surrounding his character, Azaria said, "Of course I understand. It's come to my attention more and more over the past couple years.
"The idea that anyone young or...
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