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Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Hank Azaria: The Simpsons will “definitely address” criticism over the Apu character
Azaria didn’t say if The Simpsons reached out to comedian Hari Kondabolu to discuss Apu after his The Problem with Apu documentary made headlines. But Azaria said at the TV press tour, while promoting Brockmire for IFC, that “they will definitely address, maybe publicly but certainly creatively within the context of the show, what they want to do, if anything, differently with the character.” Azaria also said he’s been thinking a lot about the criticism about the Indian immigrant character. "The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased — or worse — based on the character of Apu on The Simpsons, or the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing, especially in post-9/11 America," he said. "The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally."
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
The Problem with Apu’s Hari Kondabolu wants The Simpsons to make Apu more interesting, not drop the character
Kondabolu tells TMZ he doesn’t want to see Hank Azaria discontinue the Indian character or the accent. He would just like Apu to stop being so one-dimensional and predictable. ALSO: It seems like Azaria missed the point of Kondabolu's film.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 7:43AM EST
Hank Azaria: The Problem with Apu “gave us a lot of things to think about and we really are thinking about it”
TMZ asked The Simpsons star about Hari Kondabolu’s recent documentary. Azaria responded that “I think it’s an important conversation worth having. We’re still thinking about it. It’s a lot to digest.” He also said: “Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by it, or by any character or vocal performance, it’s really upsetting that it was offensive or hurtful to anybody.” After TMZ posted its video, Kondabolu tweeted: “Apu doesn’t ‘offend’ me, he ‘insults’ me...and my community. I’m an adult with bigger things to deal with. My film was meant to tell you to go f*ck yourself & discuss why I want you to go fuck yourself & how we can prevent future incidents of people wishing others ‘self-f*ckery.’”
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
King of the Hill’s Asian character Kahn Souphanousinphone stood in stark contrast to Apu from The Simpsons
While Apu has been getting grief in the new documentary The Problem with Apu, The Outline points out that Mike Judge’s Fox animated comedy got it right with Hank Hill’s Laotian immigrant neighbor. “He was a character that was confident,” says Guy Aoki, founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which honored King of the Hill for the portrayal. “He didn't take crap. It wasn't what a lot of Asian-Americans fear, which is the wimpy Asian guy who gets taken advantage of. This guy was totally in control.” ALSO: The Problem with Apu’s Hari Kondabolu admits “I don't really care what happens to Apu.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
In The Problem With Apu, it’s unclear whether The Simpsons’ “most embarrassing" character should be rehabilitated, recast or eliminated
Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s 50-minute documentary, airing Sunday on truTV, scrutinizes the Apu character and the way it has come to represent stereotypes of Indian-Americans. Yet the documentary is thrown off course a bit by his obsessive pursuit of Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu, who sends an encouraging letter but declines to speak on behalf of the show. ALSO: It sometimes feels like an in-depth Daily Show field piece.
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
The Simpsons’ Apu is taken to task in the truTV documentary The Problem With Apu
Watch the trailer for South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu’s exploration of the legacy of the Indian convenience store owner, voiced by Hank Azaria. "I was obsessed with The Simpsons growing up and it has greatly influenced my comedy," says. "However, as my mother proves, you can criticize something you love because you expect more from it.” The Problem With Apu premieres Nov. 19.