Hank Azaria Won’t Voice Apu on THE SIMPSONS Anymore

Hank Azaria Won’t Voice Apu on THE SIMPSONS Anymore

Azaria has also asserted that he does not view Apu as a "one-dimensional" character. It's up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet.

The Simpsons is still figuring out how to deal with the Apu change.

In his documentary, The Problem with Apu, he said Apu was one of the only representations of South Asians on USA television when he was growing up and other children imitated the character to mock him. All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice any more'.

The controversy about Azaria's voice performance as Apu came to light in 2018 after the release of Hari Kondabolu's documentary film titled The Problem with Apu, which had examined white actors who had played South Asian roles as stereotypes. Lisa then glanced at a framed photograph of Apu inscribed with the message, "Don't have a cow".

Many found the show's response inadequate with Mr Kondabolu tweeting: "The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider progress". "We all feel like it's the right thing and [we feel] good about it", he said, according to SlashFilm.

Azaria later that month told the host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that he'd be happy to step aside from Apu and disagreed with how the show handled the criticism. "I really hope that's what The Simpsons does".

Speaking to /Film, Azaria confirmed that while the future for the character Apu on The Simpsons is still being decided upon, he won't be voicing the character going forward.

"It was certainly not my intention ... the idea that it's brought pain and suffering in any way, that it was used to marginalise people, it's upsetting, genuinely". "It not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do, to me". Over the last few years, Groening and Azaria have attempted to address the backlash in various ways, including inserting it into the show (the April 2018 episode "No Good Read Goes Unpunished" alludes to the controversy).

In its early years, the animated comedy regularly pulled in more than 15 million viewers and had double that - 33 million - for its most-watched episode in 1990.

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