Hank Azaria feels he should apologize for Apu 'to every single Indian person in this country'


Azaria appeared on Monday’s episode of the podcast “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” and talked about his position in the controversy.

Shepard praised Azaria’s response to all of it, which led to comic Hari Kondabolu thanking him. Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem with Apu” debuted in 2017 and appeared on the character as a unfavourable, stereotypical illustration of South Asians.

Nahasapeemapetilon, a Indian American character with a thick accent, operates the Kwik-E-Mart comfort retailer in the fictional city 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 mentioned on the podcast. “So nothing takes that away except maybe an amends over time which I am attempting to make.”

Azaria mentioned that whereas talking at his son’s faculty he chatted with Indian college students there “because I wanted to get their input.”

One 17-year-old who has by no means seen “The Simpsons” nonetheless knew concerning the Apu character Azaria mentioned.

“It’s practically a slur at this point,” he mentioned. “All he knows is that is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country.”

Azaria mentioned that younger man bought emotional and requested the actor to share the message that such characters have ramifications.

“I really do apologize. It’s important,” Azaria mentioned. “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 nonetheless voices characters together with Moe Szyslak on “The Simpsons,” however now’s a significant proponent for casting actors of coloration to voice characters of coloration.



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