HANK Azaria apologized for providing a voice for the Indian character Apu in the animated series “The Simpsons”.
The white Hank (Hank) has been a store owner since 1990.
In January 2020, he announced for the first time that he would give up voting on Apu. In an interview with the armchair expert of the podcast Dax Shepherd, he said: “Some of me need to apologize to every Indian in this country.”
He wrote that the character has been criticized over the years for strengthening racial stereotypes. CNN.
The pressure on the show has been increasing since 2017, when Indian-American comedian Harry Kondabolu produced a documentary in which he claimed that Apua’s role was based on racial stereotypes. After that, criticism began to pile up.
But Hank said on the podcast that at first he didn’t know whether he should stop speaking because he didn’t want to take Rure’s move, because this might be “17 hipsters in a Brooklyn tavern.” In the second year, he continued to work.
He said that he read articles about racism, talked with many people, and participated in various seminars.
He said: “I realized that the connection with destiny has been waiting for me for thirty-one years.”
Although he insists that the role has good intentions, he said that the performance is still part of “structural racism.”
He said: “I really don’t know better. I haven’t thought about it. I don’t know how much comparative advantage I have in this country, just because I am a white in Queens.”
The actor said: “Just because we have good intentions does not mean that I am responsible and there will be no negative consequences.”
On the Radio 1 Newsbeat in February 2021, show creator Matt Groening admitted that after the Simpsons initially tried to make jokes at the expense of ridicule, changes needed to be made.
Actor Harry Hiller (Dr. Hibbert’s voice) will be replaced by actor Kevin Michael Richardson (Kevin Michael Richardson), who lent his voice to the role in the American Dad series! with family.
Currently, Apua’s role is not clear until he finds another actor to speak for him.
Matt told Newsbeat: “Stupidity and racism are still an incredible problem, and they are finally moving towards greater equality, which is good news.