Hank Azaria just lately opened up about voicing an individual of color (POC) character Apu in The Simpsons. The actor has apologised for lending his voice to Apu, an immigrant from West Bengal, India. Hank who’s white, had voiced the character because the present began in 1989 however stood down final yr amidst criticism of racial stereotyping.
Azaria, who appeared on the Armchair Professional podcast hosted by actors Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, opened up in regards to the backlash. He stated, “I actually didn’t know any higher. I didn’t give it some thought. I used to be unaware how a lot relative benefit I had obtained on this nation as a white child from Queens. Simply because there have been good intentions it doesn’t imply there weren’t actual adverse penalties to the factor that I’m accountable for.”
For the unversed, Apu’s character within the animated collection The Simpsons got here beneath scrutiny after an Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu, launched a documentary titled The Downside With Apu in 2017.
Hank Azaria added, “I actually do apologise. I do know you weren’t asking for that however it’s essential. I apologise individually in creating that and taking part in that. A part of me feels I must go spherical to each single Indian particular person on this nation and personally apologise.”
Apu from The Simpsons has a doctorate in pc science however runs the Kwik-E-Mart comfort retailer in Springfield. The storyline surrounding his character additionally led to controversies.
Hank additionally shared that he labored together with his teenage son Hal to try to perceive the issue. “I used to be talking at my son’s college, I used to be speaking to the Indian children there as a result of I wished to get their enter [There was] a 17-year-old, he’s by no means even seen The Simpsons however is aware of what Apu means. It’s virtually a slur at this level.”
Azaria added that he “learn, spoke to individuals who knew lots about racism, spoke to numerous Indian folks and went to seminars. I realised I’ve had a date with future with this factor for 31 years.”
Notably, Hank can also be identified for voicing characters in movies like Smurfs, Glad Toes, Hop and extra.