On an episode of the chat show, Koffee with Karan, Ranveer Singh talked about how he used to woo girls while studying in the West. He revealed he used to talk like Apu from The Simpsons while working as a barista, which the ladies found to be exotic. The host and the guests laughed and we did too. Well, seems like the time to laugh at Apu's expense is close to over now.
American TV series, The Simpsons, has a popular character named Apu - a man with the thickest Indian accent. The character is loved just as much as it is criticised for its tendency to stereotype Asians. A TruTV documentary, centred on the same, debuted in November 2017. Titled, The Problem With Apu, the documentary has been made by Hari Kondabolu, an American stand-up comic of Indian origin. Hari has pointed out at that Apu exploits the stereotypes attached to Indian immigrants in the US. A few celebs with South Asian descent also backed the notion in the film. And our story begins right there.
The Simpsons, in its 29th season, has finally responded to the criticism pointed out in The Problem With Apu. The clip from last Sunday's episode is now viral on social media platforms. The episode sums up its answer with Lisa Simpson saying, "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect... What can you do?" Check out the clip below:
This response comes when the actor, who voices Apu, Hank Azaria, has already said in an interview with TMZ, "I think the documentary made some really interesting points and gave us a lot of things to think about and we really are thinking about it." He also added that he and his producers are taking the criticism seriously.
While many viewers have been okay with the character and have taken the humour with a pinch of salt, the controversial episode has tipped many over the edge. Check out some furious tweets:
Well, with Priyanka Chopra headlining one of the most popular shows in the West, Mindy Kaling being named one of the highest paid TV celebs, Freida Pinto donating leftover food from the Oscars party to the needy, and Aziz Ansari's Master of None winning a Golden Globe - The Simpsons still has a long way to go for South Asian representation.
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