Hank Azaria has formally showed he’s going to now not be voicing the nature Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons.”
In a contemporary interview with /Movie, the actor mentioned that he received’t be voicing the fictitious Indian American Kwik-E-Mart proprietor anymore, “except there’s some approach to transition it or one thing.” The actor famous that the display has regarded as the potential of having anyone of Indian descent exchange him within the function.
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“What they’re going to do with the nature is their name,” Azaria, who’s white, mentioned of the display, explaining that the verdict to step down used to be a mutual one. “It’s as much as them they usually haven’t taken care of it out but. All we’ve agreed on is I received’t do the voice anymore.”
Controversy across the persona used to be partially brought on by means of comic Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary “The Drawback With Apu,” which delved into the stereotypes foisted upon the South Asian American neighborhood on account of the sitcom.
Azaria himself had famous in an interview on “The Past due Display with Stephen Colbert,” that he can be “completely prepared and glad to step apart” from the function.
“I believe a very powerful factor is we need to concentrate to South Asian other people, Indian other people … about what they really feel and the way they take into accounts this persona and what their American revel in of it’s been.”
Alternatively, “The Simpsons” author Matt Groening has doubled down at the persona in more than one interviews. In accordance with the complaint round Apu, Groening informed USA Lately that “I believe it’s a time in our tradition the place other people like to fake they’re angry.” In every other interview with the New York Instances, he now not handiest claimed that Apu, a personality rife with stereotypes, is a nod to iconic “The Apu Trilogy” ― a trio of Bengali movies heralded as cinematic masterpieces, but in addition that “other people really feel so aggrieved and crazed and powerless that they’re choosing the incorrect battles.”
In April 2018, an episode gave the impression to allude to the controversy surrounding the nature, backing up Groening’s stance. Throughout the display, Lisa references the watered down model of a bedtime tale, complaining to Marge that “one thing that began a long time in the past and used to be applauded and inoffensive, is now politically wrong.” She then glances at a photograph of Apu.