Arguably the most recognizable South Asian character worldwide, Apu has been criticized by comedian Hari Kondabolu for perpetuating harmful stereotypes and systematic racism in his documentary, “The Trouble With Apu.” At the Television Critics Association press tour in January 2018, Hank Azaria addressed the controversy.
“As far as what’s going to happen with the character going forward, it’s really not just up to me,” Azaria said. “I know that ‘The Simpsons’ guys are doing that too, they’re giving it a lot of thought and we’ve discussed a little bit. They will definitely address, maybe publicly, certainly creatively within the context of the show what they want to do, if anything, with the character.”
Apu’s wife Manjula has been voiced by a series of white actresses: Jan Hooks, Tress MacNeille, and Maggie Roswell.
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