“Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria has addressed the controversy surrounding the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon before, but he told Stephen Colbert Tuesday night that it might be time for him to “step aside” from the character.
Hank Azaria 'willing to step aside' from Simpsons Apu role https://t.co/NZR7CyhqLF
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 25, 2018
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) April 25, 2018
“Listening to voices means inclusion in the writers’ room,” Azaria told Colbert. “I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. You know, I’m perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 25, 2018
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 25, 2018
That’s comic Hari Kondabolu, who starred in the 2017 documentary “The Problem With Apu.”
So Azaria’s “willing and happy” to step aside? What if the showrunners say, “Just keep doing what you’ve always done?” Then what?
Tyranny. The man is an artist and he us being stifled by an angry mob… of artists. https://t.co/ZIjxYMahOx
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) April 25, 2018
Another one bites the dust… https://t.co/7fu7PAchpg
— #1W/BULLET (@HarryLoinJr) April 25, 2018
— Pissed Pat (@Pissed_Pat) April 25, 2018
'PC gone bonkers'. People taking offense in the 29th year of a tv series – one that has been enjoyed even by the SE Asian community all these years- because a relative nobody has made a friggin documentary. No wonder the 'liberals' continue to get a bad name #Simpsons https://t.co/mfyFTmII85
— Anand R (@ghost_of_kicks) April 25, 2018
— Derek Potts (@RealDerekjwpott) April 26, 2018
Only a matter of time until Trey Parker and Matt Stone get publicly stoned to death for their crimes https://t.co/mhzicfkgOS
— Corey Musa (@CoreyMusa) April 25, 2018
To be safe the Simpsons should become 30 minutes of Kent Brockman doing liberal news satire. https://t.co/vnUnRfKc3E
— BT (@back_ttys) April 25, 2018
'Simpsons' voice actor Harry Shearer clashes with creator of 'The Problem with Apu' https://t.co/80VEU5TQxt
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 15, 2018
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