Hank Azaria Responds to Apu/SIMPSONS Backlash
Hari Kondabolu’s TruTV documentary THE PROBLEM WITH APU explored the character of Indian immigrant/Kwik-E-Mart proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from the long-running animated series THE SIMPSONS–whom many see as a stereotype and is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria. In the doc, Kondabolu tries unsuccessfully to get Azaria to appear in his film. But TMZ recently caught up with Azaria at LAX and asked him to comment on the Apu controversy.
“I think the documentary did make some really interesting points, and gave us a lot at ‘The Simpsons’ to think about and we really are thinking about it,” Azaria said. “Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by any character or vocal performance is really upsetting that was offensive or hurtful to anybody. I think it’s an important conversation and one definitely worth having. We’re just really thinking about it and it’s a lot to digest.”