The cultural impact of 'The Simpsons'
Comedian Hari Kondabolu targets representation in his documentary 'The Problem with Apu'
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The character Apu on 'The Simpsons' left societal implications that were louder than any crass laugh. Since the creation of the show in 1989, Hank Azaria has voiced Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner. His catchphrase on the show was "thank you, come again," a phrase that Indian people across the country could not avoid for decades to come.
Hari Kondabolu, a comedian who grew up with 'The Simpsons,' speaks of how it impacted how he was viewed by peers. “When Apu first appeared on 'The Simpsons,' I was excited because we didn’t have anybody,” Kondabolu told Fast Company. “But it was kind of a bummer when I realized that when you only have one thing, that’s what people are gonna throw at you. You have that and Gandhi and that’s pretty much it.”
His documentary, 'The Problem with Apu,' delves into negative stereotyping, improper representation, and intolerance in America. It can be streamed on TruTV here.
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