The Simpsons have been a part of American pop culture for 28 years changing the fabric of comedy and American society. Despite the show's tremendous success over the years, Hari Kondabolu's new documentary takes aim at one of its most popular characters, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Tru TV's "The Problem with Apu" is all about how the character continues a stereotype that targets South Asian Americans.
Kondabolu talks to some of the biggest South Asian American stars in movies, TV, and stand-up comedy, like Kal Penn, Aziz Ansari and Hasan Minhaj from "The Daily Show." They all discuss their dislike for Apu and his impact on how people perceive their culture.
The documentary focuses on Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu, who also happens to be a white man. Kondabolu tries throughout the film to interview Azaria about Apu and why he uses a faux indian accent. Despite numerous attempts to reach out to the voice actor, the conversation between the two never happens.
While the film provides an-in depth look on how South Asian Americans feel about Apu, this isn't the first time Kondabolu attacked the character. He talked all about the animated store clerk on the show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."
Since the documentary's debut, people have flocked to Twitter to praise the way the film shines a light on racial stereotypes.
But not all people on social media agree with Kondabolu.
So if there is a problem with the Apu character being a stereotype shouldnt there be an uproar about the Scottish character 'Willie' ? Im pretty sure that his character isnt voiced by a true scotsman— mr. nice guy (@arealdick25) November 21, 2017
You can watch "The Problem with Apu" on Tru TV's website and app, Amazon Fire, Amazon TV, Roku and ITunes.