As a result of The Simpsons has been on our TVs for 28 years now, meaning every one in every of its important characters is a sizable part of television history. However not all viewers are pleased with that, and every year that passes brings extra crucial disapproval of the Hank Azaria-voiced Kwik-E-Mart workhorse Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who’s extra continuously appeared upon as a extremely unflattering parody of Indian tradition. And it is apparently gotten to the purpose the place The Simpsons‘ crew and solid are mulling over deal with issues. In response to star Hank Azaria:
I feel the documentary makes some actually attention-grabbing factors. It gave us lots at The Simpsons to consider, and we actually are fascinated with. And undoubtedly anyone that was harm or offended by any character or vocal efficiency, it is actually upsetting that it was upsetting or hurtful to anyone. I feel it is an necessary dialog, and one undoubtedly value having. We’re simply actually nonetheless fascinated with it. It is lots to digest.
Hank Azaria’s phrases are nearly stunning there. Not the truth that he is apologizing, since that is regular, however that he is truly addressing the problem of Apu’s perceived offensiveness in any respect, because it’s one thing that is normally given a softball avoidance when it comes up. Plus, the longtime voice actor has seemingly revealed to TMZ that followers’ and others’ considerations about Apu have permeated the Simpsons‘ artistic staff, which implies we would see some legit adjustments coming quickly.
Whereas folks have been saying “d’oh” about Hank Azaria’s Apu efficiency for years, every part actually blew up with the latest launch of the documentary The Downside with Apu, during which comic Hari Kondabolu presents his respectful and strong-willed argument for why Apu is essentially accountable for the long-lasting stereotypes and misguided opinions regarding Indian tradition. Although Apu is only one character, he has remained the apex of Indian TV characters for the whole thing of The Simpsons‘ run, and his broad mannerisms are suspected of limiting the presence and inclusion of Indian and different South-Asian TV characters through the years. Not less than in roles that are not comfort retailer clerks and/or taxi drivers.
Regardless of going through many oddball types of disputes through the years, from the early dismissal by George H.W. Bush to the endless struggle over when the present’s golden years ended, The Simpsons has held on and remained an American TV staple, mostly without having to vary something unless someone dies. However society has modified drastically over the past 28 years, and Apu’s remaining time in Springfield could also be completed prior to one of many Kwik-E-Mart’s microwavable burritos.
Contemplating The Simpsons‘ episodes typically go into manufacturing many months forward of airing, it is probably we’ll be seeing Apu for some time longer but, however keep tuned to see if something adjustments. Within the meantime, you may decide up the model new DVD set for Season 18, and do not forget that The Simpsons will air its Season 29 midseason finale on Fox on Sunday, December 10, at eight:00 p.m. ET. And to see when the animated hit shall be returning, head to our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.