Actor Hank Azaria has opened up on his determination to cease voicing the character Apu on The Simpsons. Chatting with The New York Times, Azaria stated he was thoughtfully contemplating the matter for a number of years earlier than making the selection to finish his run as Apu.
“As soon as I noticed that that was the best way this character was considered, I simply did not wish to take part in it anymore,” Azaria stated. “It simply did not really feel proper.”
Apu was some of the outstanding South Asian characters on TV within the 90s when The Simpsons was getting began and finally rising to prominence. Comic Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary, The Drawback With Apu, known as out Apu as being a stereotype.
Azaria, who’s white and Jewish, stated he noticed the documentary and his preliminary response was to defend the character. “We make enjoyable of everybody,” he stated. “Do not inform me easy methods to be humorous.”
Azaria would go on to seek the advice of with Indian-Individuals, together with actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, to get their opinions about what he ought to do about Apu. Ambudkar advised NYT that Azaria “was in an area the place he was exploring, the place he was attempting to open up and take accountability.”
Azaria stated he did some self-reflection and thought that he would not really feel superb if a TV present depicted a personality primarily based on somebody like him–a white Jewish man–as a stereotype.
“I began pondering, if that character had been the one illustration of Jewish folks in American tradition for 20 years, which was the case with Apu, I…