Hank Azaria is doing the work.
In an interview with Dax Shepard on his podcast “Armchair Professional,” the 56-year-old actor revealed that he’s on a serious guilt journey over his longtime function as Kwik-E-Mart shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons.”
Azaria, who not voices the controversial character, says he’s taking some unconventional steps to discover out why his portrayal was offensive towards the Indian neighborhood.
“I was talking at my son’s college, I was speaking to the Indian children there as a result of I needed to get their enter,” Azaria instructed Shepard throughout Monday’s podcast.
“A 17-year-old … he’s by no means even seen ‘The Simpsons,’ however is aware of what Apu means. It’s virtually a slur at this level. All he is aware of is that’s how his individuals are considered and represented to many individuals on this nation,” mentioned Azaria, who voices quite a few different recurring characters on long-running cartoon, together with barman Moe Szyslak, police Chief Wiggum and the snark-filled “Comedian E book Man.” He additionally stepped down from voicing Carl Carlson, a black character.
“With tears in his eyes,” in accordance to Azaria, the teenager requested him to go the message on to his Hollywood colleagues.
“A part of me looks like I want to go to each single Indian particular person on this nation and personally apologize,” he mentioned. “And typically I do.”
Since Monday’s interview, Hari Kondabolu, an American comic of Indian descent who first called-out “The Simpsons” over their problematic depiction of Indian immigrants in his 2017 documentary “The Drawback with Apu,” seems to be making peace with Azaria over the controversy.
On Twitter, Kondabou, 38, wrote, “@HankAzaria is a form & considerate person who proves that individuals are not merely ‘merchandise of their time,’ however have the power to study & develop.”
“Nothing. However. Respect,” Kondabolu concluded.
It was simply final month that Simpsons creator Matt Groening claimed he’s “proud” of the character he’d created, regardless of calls to have Azaria changed because the voice of Apu.
“I assume the Apu tales are implausible, and he’s some of the nuanced characters on a foolish two-dimensional cartoon present,” Groening, 67, instructed USA In the present day. “So, yeah, I’m happy with Apu.”
As for how the present plans to deal with Apu’s character going ahead, Groening added, “We’ve acquired plans for Apu, however we’ve to see if we are able to make the tales work … We’re engaged on one thing sort of bold. That’s all I can say.”