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No, Hank Azaria doesn’t have to apologize to Indian Americans for Apoo

As one of the world’s leading experts in the Simpsons character Apu Nahasapee Mapetiron (yes, this is ironic!), I once again put my vast expertise into one of the great controversies of our generation. I was asked to bring it in: Is Apu a racist? I have written many times about this controversy in both the National Review and other publications. And “controversy” is an exaggeration. This is primarily a crafting issue, devised by people to claim the status of victims, not a true insult to equality and justice. A recent advance in the Apoo War was a comment by Hank Azaria, a long-time white man who has long been a voice actor for famous Indian characters. Earlier this week, Azaria, who appeared as a guest on the Armchair Expert podcast, took her self-proclaimed level to the next level. “I was talking at my son’s school, where I was talking to Indian children because I wanted to hear their opinions,” Azaria said. “17 years old … he has never seen the Simpsons, but he knows what Apu means. At this point, he’s effectively a slur. He knows that his people are many in this country. It’s just how people think and represent it. “The boy, who” tears in his eyes, “tell the actors what they’re doing to Hollywood writers and puts them into people’s lives. I asked you to influence. Azaria said she would deliver the message. “I really apologize,” said Azaria. “It’s important. I apologize for playing my part in creating and participating in it. Some of me have to go to all the Indians in this country and personally apologize. I feel there, and sometimes I do. “But the Ap War preceded Azaria’s latest suicide bombing. They started primarily with The Problem with Apu, a documentary / comedy written and produced by Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabol. The film shows an example of Apoo becoming a symbol of racial stereotypes and prejudice, and the character spreading prejudice against Asian Americans, especially Indian Americans. Early on, he said Condabol was off the bass. This is what I first wrote in April 2018: Still, Condabol’s Tyrade blames Apoo’s character for all sorts of minor insults during his career, so it’s big from the track. It is off. I was happy with any expression I had when I was a kid. .. .. .. He’s funny, but that doesn’t mean that this expression is accurate, correct, or correct. But when it’s in front of you, you don’t notice it, which is a racist insidiousness. The ridiculousness of this statement is almost intolerable. At the show, Apoo is a strongly accented, traditional Indian immigrant. As a result, he is the owner of a convenience store (obviously nods to many 7-11 and other small businesses owned by Indians in the northeastern United States), later married and octuples. Have a wonderful father and husband. He is also the owner of a gun, among other things, very religious and dedicated to his Hindu culture. Some immediately criticized my position, while others simply attacked me as blind and ignorant. Meanwhile, the Simpsons producers seemed to be on my side, but in the end the controversy had a predictable Hollywood reaction: they virtually killed Apoo from a popular anime show. For Showrunner, who probably believes Apu is a respectable and adorable character, the war with the awakened mob wasn’t worth the effort. Azaria was also attacked for his participation in this supposed atrocities. He initially appeared politely in the Condabol documentary, but was almost blinded by the complaints. He was subsequently criticized for failing to provide a satisfactory response to allegations of racism and prejudice. Again, as expected, instead of continuing to fight the thankful war with the awakened mob, Azaria simply raised the white flag of surrender. In 2018, he decided to stop the character’s voice forever. Not surprisingly, it didn’t end the story of Azaria. Since then, he has plagued him on suspicion of racism. Therefore, his self-proclaimed Armchair Expert podcast. Apparently, the ridiculous thing never ends. But it should. For one thing, do you really think Azaria really gives most Indians the idea of ​​going through this most fleetingly? The Simpsons are not widely seen in India and are not even available. There was a short period of time when the show was notorious there in the 1990s, mainly because people fell in love with the Apoo character. 1.4 billion Indians really don’t care. The few people who care here in the United States most often misdiagnose the problem and blame it for an incredibly amazing twist of logic. .. .. Cartoon character. Asking most children in high school today about Apu reveals that not only are few people ever seen The Simpsons, but few even have a clue as to who Apu is. .. It is very unlikely that Azaria’s son’s school tycoon is using this character as a primary weapon for Indian-American students. I investigated this a few years ago in an informal environment with many Indian-American students. I asked for the most commonly used Hollywood characters to “insult” their ancestors. The answer wasn’t The Simpsons Apoo. It was a large immigrant Indian with a very accent in the Big Bang theory. At the end of the show, even the reference is now dated. I asked various students this question over the years, and I received a very similar response. Other commonly mentioned names include Phineas and Ferb at the Disney show, the Indian anime character Baljeet, and the deadpool movie’s highly accented taxi driver, Dopinder. Apu is rarely mentioned as the weapon of choice for prejudiced attackers. Does anyone see the pattern? Bigot doesn’t care which weapon he uses to hurt the target of the attack. They will use whatever is convenient. Therefore, the characters do not matter. There is prejudice. In a long-forgotten era, the most commonly used term was “dot head” (the red dot that Hindus sometimes decorate their foreheads). Moreover, does anyone think that the color of the voice actor is important? Azaria repeatedly insisted that only colored people should speak out such characters, but the above example was voiced by South Asian actors and targeting was still carried out. The only other solution is. .. .. Don’t you show Indian characters at all? The fact that he still feels compelled to apologize many years after Azaria left Apoo’s character (obviously, personally, all Indian souls, the whole of the planet. (Meaning about one-sixth of the population) has become a mob showing how ridiculous social media is. Azaria acknowledged that to progressives, did exactly what they wanted, and is still plagued by controversy. It does not please the left-wing mob. About Azaria’s apology: Most Indians didn’t know who he was and didn’t care. But I’m not most Indian. I would like to visit my house personally so that Hank Azaria can apologize to me and my family. I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than meeting the great and eternal voice of one of my comedy heroes, Apu Nahasapee Mapetiron. As one of the most targeted Indian-Americans in his position on this issue, I deserve an apology. Hank, call me. We can make it happen.

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