Hank Azaria feels he should apologize for Apu ‘to every single Indian person in this country’
Shepard applauded Azaria’s reaction to all of it, which caused comic Hari Kondabolu thanking him. Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem with Apu” debuted in 2017 and took a look at the character as an unfavorable, stereotyped representation of South Asians.
Nahasapeemapetilon, a Indian American character with a thick accent, runs the Kwik-E-Mart corner store in the imaginary town of Springfield.
“It’s not about congratulating me for the response because I’m a big part in creating the problem to begin with,” Azaria stated on the podcast. “So nothing takes that away except maybe an amends over time which I am attempting to make.”
Azaria stated that while speaking at his boy’s school he talked with Indian trainees there “because I wanted to get their input.”
One 17-year-old who has actually never ever seen “The Simpsons” still understood about the Apu character Azaria stated.
“It’s practically a slur at this point,” he stated. “All he knows is that is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country.”
Azaria stated that boy got psychological and asked the star to share the message that such characters have implications.
“I really do apologize. It’s important,” Azaria stated. “I apologize for my part in creating that and participating in that. Part of me feels like I need to go to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize. And sometimes I do.”
Azaria still voices characters consisting of Moe Szyslak on “The Simpsons,” now is a significant advocate for casting stars of color to voice characters of color.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.