The problem with Apu: Indian-Americans resist ‘The Simpsons’ character

The problem with Apu: Indian-Americans resist ‘The Simpsons’ character
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[Ed. – The latest thin skin alert]

If something makes us laugh, what’s the problem? While we’re currently experiencing an uncomfortable backlash against multiculturalism, we’re also in the midst of an incredibly powerful resistance fighting sexual harassment. Those professing a diverse ethnic and gender demographic are pushing forward progressive agendas, which makes you wonder: What about Apu?

At least that’s what actor and comedian Hari Kondabolu is asking in his new documentary, “The Problem with Apu.” Twenty-eight seasons ago Apu Nahasapeemapetilon was introduced as the owner of Kwik E-Mart in The Simpsons. He quickly became one of the show’s main punching bags, a trend that did not limit itself to the show. Being one of the first mainstream gateways into Indian culture, his character ended up hurting Indian-Americans and the representation of India broadly. As Kondabolu reports in a round-table with four other Indians, every one of them was bullied by being called Apu in their youth.

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