Hank Azaria to Stop Voicing Apu on The Simpsons: Report


(LOS ANGELES) — Hank Azaria says he has no plans to proceed voicing the character of Apu on “The Simpsons,” in accordance with an trade weblog. However that isn’t to say the Indian immigrant comfort retailer proprietor Azaria introduced alive for 30 years received’t reside on.

Producers and Fox Broadcasting Co. wouldn’t affirm to The Related Press Azaria’s exit or an finish to Apu, a recurring character that has drawn criticism for reinforcing racial stereotypes. There was no fast reply Saturday from Azaria’s publicist.

The actor, who’s white, indicated Friday to slashfilm.com that there was no resistance to phasing out his voice.

“We all made the decision together,” Azaria stated. “We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and (feel) good about it.”

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon runs the Kwik-E-Mart, a well-liked comfort retailer within the animated sitcom’s Springfield. Apu is understood for his catchphrase, “Thank you, come again.” Azaria’s first flip as Apu got here within the first season’s episode “The Telltale Head” in 1990.

Azaria speculated that amongst choices going ahead is transitioning Apu’s voice to an Indian actor.

In 2017, comic Hari Kondabolu put out a documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” that examined the character’s cultural impression. Requested within the movie’s aftermath if he had watched the documentary, Azaria stated:

“Thank you for asking me. Yes, of course, I did see it, and let me see if I can tell you how I feel about that. The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu on ‘The Simpsons,’ the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing,” he stated. “And especially in post-9/11 America, the idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a hard time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally.”

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