‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors play non-white characters

‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors play non-white characters
Apu with Bart Simpson (Image: Video screen grab via Gracie Films)

[Ed. – Which do you think bothers immigrants from India more: the portrayal of a fictional Indian character by a Caucasian or Joe Biden’s comment in 2018 that ‘you cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking’?]

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers said Friday. …

Hank Azaria, who is white and has long voiced Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, said earlier this year that he was bidding farewell to the character from the long-running animated Fox comedy. “What they’re going to do with the character is their call,” Azaria said. “It’s up to them and they haven’t sorted it out yet. All we’ve agreed on is I won’t do the voice anymore. … We all feel like it’s the right thing and good about it.”

Controversy around Apu built after the release of The Problem With Apu, a 2017 truTV documentary from comedian and Simpsons fan Hari Kondabolu that details how the show’s popular Indian character — who was created by white writers and voiced by a white actor — offers up a problematic stereotype of South Asian people.

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