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"Simpsons" Spokesman Announces Racism Allegations | TIME ONLINE


Two years after the first racism allegations surfaced against the successful US cartoon series The simpsons the spokesman for the Indian shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon withdraws. He will no longer lend his voice to the character, said actor Hank Azaria of the industry website SlashFILM, The authors of the series would still have to decide how to proceed with the character. "It's up to them and they haven't decided yet," Azaria said.

Azaria has been widely criticized for his work on the series. Spectators were offended by the striking Indian accent that the white actor missed the character. At the end of 2017, a well-noticed documentary by the Indian-born comedian Hari Kondabolu dealt with the Simpsons-Figur.

For example, he said that Apu reproduced common racist prejudices against Indians and Indian-born Americans, such as that they were all underprivileged and could only be used as service personnel. This is what the accent exaggerated by Azaria stands for. Because, apart from Apu, there are no permanent representative figures for Indians in US pop culture, it is dangerous if this figure conveys racist clichés.

Kondabolus has criticism Simpsons-Maker apparently reached: Azaria later told the Prominewsseite TMZ, the critic addressed "some really interesting points". The documentation is behind that Simpsons standing team to think about. The Simpsons have been on TV since 1989 and have won numerous awards. Season 32 is due to be released next year.


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