Simpsons Voice Actor Hank Azaria Apologizes to ‘Every Single Indian Person’ for Character ‘Apu’

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Longtime ‘Simpsons’ voice actor Hank Azaria is now voicing his deep regret over his role voicing the famous character ‘Apu,’ an Indian man with a thick accent who owned a ‘Kwik-I-Mart’ on the show.

Azaria said that he wanted to apologize to ‘every single Indian person’ for his portrayal of the character which he now seems to think was racist.

As The New York Post reports:

In an interview with Dax Shepard on his podcast “Armchair Expert,” the 56-year-old actor revealed that he’s on a major guilt trip over his longtime role as Kwik-E-Mart shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons.”

Azaria, who no longer voices the controversial character, says he’s taking some unconventional steps to find out why his portrayal was offensive toward the Indian community…

“A 17-year-old … he’s never even seen ‘The Simpsons,’ but knows what Apu means. It’s practically a slur at this point. All he knows is that is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country,” said Azaria, who voices a number of other recurring characters on long-running cartoon, including barman Moe Szyslak, police Chief Wiggum and the snark-filled “Comic Book Guy.” He also stepped down from voicing Carl Carlson, a black character.

“With tears in his eyes,” according to Azaria, the teen asked him to pass the message on to his Hollywood colleagues.

 

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Keith Clark
Keith Clark
29 days ago

What a dope. Fell for the woke bullshit. What about comedy? Is it dead now that everyone is offended about everything?

MBTB
MBTB
29 days ago
Reply to  Keith Clark

My husband did comedy often and his friends were only upset when he DID NOT USE THEM as subjects sometimes. To be ignored was not appreciated. This is nonsense and just trying to divide us more and more where most often is does not exist.

Rich
Rich
29 days ago

The only racists are the people who convinced you to make this statement.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
29 days ago

Best thing we can all do is NOT listen to these people. Better yet, let’s completely BOYCOTT HOLLYWEIRD. They are ALL so a bad influence on our society especially young people.
We have friends from India. They don’t have any of these feelings. I know an Indian gentleman that owns a quick stop, and he thinks this country has gone off the rails!

MissB
MissB
29 days ago

They all need to grow a pair.

ranman
ranman
29 days ago

Azaria you big friggen WUSS!!!
You’re gonna bend-over because of that???
How about the Gay house keeper, Agador Spartacus, in “Bird Cage”???
You wanna apologize for that too!?!? Think that was very over the top and offensive to someone, Im suuurrre!!!!

Why dont you just get it over with and apologize for your entire career??? Then you can just disappear and bother No-One ever again!!!!

No respect for you or your craft anymore!!!

BrewDubbs
29 days ago

What a flippin’ joke….

wcapurro
wcapurro
29 days ago

Apologize for what? You have nothing to apologize for. Stop capitulating to the ridiculous Woke Mob.

Jeff BROWN
Jeff BROWN
29 days ago

Homer is a White character and they make fun of him through the whole show! Where is your outrage for that. There should not be, because it is a comedy show not political. You people have lost your minds and buying into socialism. We are doomed.

DrSique
DrSique
29 days ago
Reply to  Jeff BROWN

Don’t leave out the ne’er do well, Bart and the evil corporatist nuclear plant owner. White people are poked fun at more than anyone. They just don’t whine about it.

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
29 days ago

Oh for crying out loud. How much more of this crap can we take. It was a cartoon and a comedy.
Geez.

Rory
Rory
29 days ago

Totally agree that the APU character on the Simpsons is a stone cold example of flagrant RACEISM. Then,… there’s HOMER…a faithfully married, white, employed, hetero sexual male who is always portrayed as the biggest goof on the show. Whites should be enraged, people of Indian decent should be enraged, hell everyone should be enraged…Right….Hummmm????

John Jones
John Jones
29 days ago
Reply to  Rory

You are drinking your six month
bath water, idiot!!!!

XKCD
29 days ago
Reply to  John Jones

I’m pretty sure Rory was exhibiting his best example of sarcasm for this thread to enjoy.

Jane Stacy
29 days ago

enough stop with the apoliges

Diego
Diego
29 days ago

Oh brother! Will this woke nonsense ever end? Why not eliminate comedy completely!

T J
T J
29 days ago

Well, they won’t take away my blazing saddles!!

T J
T J
29 days ago

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Kevin
Kevin
29 days ago

The crackpots in Hollywood these days are prime examples of the societal value of Oral Sex. Just think of how many such little cretins were never conceived because mommy “went down”….
And Hank Azaria was definitely a “climax” his mother should have swallowed!

T J
T J
29 days ago

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Elaine
Elaine
29 days ago

Everyone. Grow some thick skin. When growing up this nonsense was nowhere to be found. All of a sudden. EVERYTHING Bothers EVERYONE. Get serious. Now everything is Racist. No it isn’t. We are living in a pandemic. We have lost millions of jobs. Thousands of loved ones have died of a crazy disease that came from somewhere. Government is allowing thousands of illegal immigrants to come over the border with possibly carrying a disease we are trying to get rid of. They gave no where to go but put into facilities paid for by our taxes. American veterans living in poverty sn in the street. AND now. We are worried about a cartoon. Ohhhh dear lord what is wrong with people.

Carlo
Carlo
29 days ago

Just hire someone else to do the voice.He thinks he is the only one who can do it.He is full of himself.Go away Hank .Go to India and apolgize to over 1 Billion people because you are nuts .Bend over while your at it.They will laugh at your ugly mug.

Michael OConnor
Michael OConnor
29 days ago
Reply to  Carlo

It’s a fricken cartoon you dope. Get a life.

Jay
Jay
29 days ago

I cut my cable off 3 years ago. Thought it only last couple months. Hell no. Shows I watched when I little still on. Westerns. You won’t miss it. You see some great series. Humor and witt. When both black and white made fun of each other but America was thriving and citizens cared for one another. God bless our great country. Please if you hate it here. Leave. Take a illegal with you. Liberals only destroy what they say they want to help. In end no one is safe and innocent people die in their sick and twisted game.

Original Anna
Original Anna
29 days ago

Well, if you are offended over non white characters there is a simple solution. Don’t have any other non white characters. Just have white characters who continue to be comedians. It’s that simple. Put more whites to work. We are still the majority in this country so why are we making sure every small population in this country gets more time than the majority whites. If you want cancel culture than keep cancelling out non white characters so you don’t have to be offended by non white characters..

Anti communism
Anti communism
27 days ago

Why should he apologize for portraying the truth of the Indian people in this country, they like so many people that are coming to this country want to bring the troubled that they left with them and do not assimilate into this country even after years they want learn the language then complain when they can not get a job or participate in other activities but want others to provide them with an interrupter, become an american or go back home where they speak your language.

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
24 days ago

Buying the Obozo created false narrative shows ones ignorance.