January 20, 2020
If you thought 30 years of shows or 20 years of really bad shows was enough Simpsons, you were wrong. “Zombie Simpsons” continues on ahead into the eternal future, each season being a parody of the last, as it tries to create a parody paradox.
But the only Indian you know who doesn’t fill the room with a heavy, musky stench will not be on this journey.
Hank Azaria says he has no plans to continue voicing the character of Apu on “The Simpsons,” according to an industry blog. But that isn’t to say the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Azaria brought alive for 30 years won’t live on.
Producers and Fox Broadcasting Co. wouldn’t confirm to The Associated Press Azaria’s exit or an end to Apu, a recurring character that has drawn criticism for reinforcing racial stereotypes. There was no immediate reply Saturday from Azaria’s publicist.
The actor, who is white, indicated Friday to slashfilm.com that there was no resistance to phasing out his voice.
“We all made the decision together,” Azaria said. “We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing and (feel) good about it.”
I haven’t been a fan of the show since I was 15. I actually remember the exact episode where I was like “is something different about this?”
It was “Lost Our Lisa,” a Season 9 (1994) episode that simply did not have a single funny joke in it, and instead featured stupid and unfunny slapstick.
That single episode was not the end of the show, but it certainly signaled the end for me. Season 10 was only enjoyable on a nostalgia level. But by Season 11, the show became unwatchable.
For younger people who weren’t around to witness the fall of The Simpsons – and for my fellow millennials, who are still coming to terms with a destruction that is almost on par with Star Wars – I recommend this documentary.
So basically, I think the “CANCEL APU, BIGOT” drama might have been keeping the show alive. It was certainly the only thing keeping it in the headlines.
I remember the first time someone told me about people claiming Apu was racist, sometime in 2014. I read the article on some fringe site. Then by 2017, there was a documentary film out with some whining Paki bastard – “Hari Kondabolu” – saying that his life was ruined by Apu.
The Paki claims that the only reason people made fun of him in school was Apu.
Just look at this guy:
I hate to tell you bud, but probably Apu was the reason they were making fun of you instead of just kicking your ass. You’re a disgusting inbred freak and we don’t want you in our country.
Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, repeatedly said that he wouldn’t bow down to whiny people. At one point he went full-Stormer and said “people love to pretend they’re offended.”
Which is obviously what this Paki who made the documentary was doing.
More, he was using “How The Simpsons Hurt My Feelings” as a platform to promote himself as a comedian.
And he was successful with that.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) December 16, 2019
It would have been cool if after getting famous for whining about the Simpsons he would have come out and said “I was just proving a point of how easy it is to get famous for whining about nonsense.”
That would have gotten him even more publicity.
Indians don’t tend to really go into the Jewish social justice stuff all that much, which is why people don’t really flip out when Donald Trump says he’s going to flood America with “genius level” subcontinentals.
They don’t assimilate and disappear in the way that real Asians tend to (if they are kept from being in a group of other Asians), but they just don’t whine like blacks, Moslems and Mexicans.
Some Indians even do funny racist things, like applying to med school as themselves and as a fake black person.
He called his black self “Jojo.”
Which is actually funnier than “Tyrone,” especially when it’s an Indian making the joke.
He went to college as a fake black person and then talked about how white women wanted to have sex with him because he was black (at least some of them were afraid), and said affirmative action oppresses white people.
Actress Mindy Kaling’s brother says that he posed as a black man years ago to get into medical school and that the experience opened his eyes to what he calls the hypocrisy of affirmative action.
The revelation comes as Vijay Chokal-Ingam, who is of Indian descent, is pitching a book about his experiences as a “hard-partying college frat boy who discovered the seriousness and complexity of America’s racial problems while posing as a black man.”
“Cops harassed me. Store clerks accused me of shoplifting. Women were either scared of me or couldn’t keep their hands off me,” he wrote. “What started as a devious ploy to gain admission to medical school turned into a twisted social experiment.”
He says it worked. Despite a relatively mediocre 3.1 college grade-point average and a good-but-not-great score of 31 on the Medical College Admission Test, Chokal-Ingam claims he was wooed by several top medical schools.
Chokal-Ingam says his story shows how affirmative action “destroys the dreams of millions of Indian-American, Asian American, and white applicants for employment and higher education.”
Furthermore, Indians in India love Apu.
Point being: This anti-Apu Indian was just a guy who wanted to complain about nonsense. It was not even legitimate “hurt my feelings” crybabying.
If they replace Apu’s voice with an Indian from India’s voice, he will sound exactly like Apu does now anyway. They all talk like that. Every single one of you knows that when you get on the phone with one of these call center Indians, they have that exact voice. And even more silly sounding, what with the sing-songing.
If they replace him with an American-born Indian, it will just be dumb, because Apu the character is an Indian immigrant.
Either way, it is going to get The Simpsons out of the mind of the people, forever, and hopefully it will just finally be canceled and allowed to rest in peace.