The Simpsons is one of the most successful and entertaining TV shows across the globe. However, it ran into controversy after people started raising their voice against the stereotypical and racist character - Appu in the show. Several people have come out and spoken against the show since the controversial show. And even after the makers pulled out the character from the show, the controversy has refused to die down. The latest celebrity to speak up about this whole issue is Priyanka Chopra and looks like the actress has gone all out against Appu's character by calling it offensive!
Talking about the controversy and Appu's character on ABC's The View, Priyanka Chopra mentioned, "He was the bane in my life growing up and there is a couple of things why I say this! A lot of people are talking that the show was successful for 30 years and why are we suddenly waking up and being offended by a character that everyone loved. People say that The Simpsons makes fun of every race and they talk about stereotypical characters and every character is stereotypical, which is true! But a couple of things happened. The show was first aired in, I guess, 1989 and it was path breaking at that time for television. Everyone looked yellow except Appu and that made him stand out completely. And then he had an accent, but (makes Appu's accent) 'not all of us speak like that all the time.' And from that time to now, the number of Indian Americans in America has tripled. So the voice is louder, the representation and demand for representation for people of colours is louder. There is the internet and the media where people have a conversation. Even if someone was offended at that time, which I was, (there was no way to express it)." (ALSO READ - The Simpsons racism controversy: Hank Azaria, who voices Apu, is ready to step aside from the role)
Priyanka even revealed that she was subjected to lot of racists questions just because of Appu. The actress even mentioned that being such a successful show, The Simpsons should have been more responsible, as she added, "I was always asked in high school, when I was 14 or 15 years old, why I didn't speak like that (like Appu)? Or if I found gold in our rivers and if I went to school on elephants? I got all sorts of questions. So yes, it is a time where we erase stereotypes and yes, it is a cartoon and yes, it is a pop culturally, super successful show, but that gives it more responsibility." Check out her full reaction in the video above and share wih us your thoughts about this whole controversy in the comments section below!
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