News By/Courtesy: Nandini Tripathy | 10 Apr 2018 23:41pm IST

The Simpsons has reacted to debate over Indian character Apu in a scene disclosed in the US on Sunday night with a short message to its group of onlookers: "Don't have a dairy animals". The scene, be that as it may, was instantly reprimanded as "toothless" and "miserable". The character of the Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, has been voiced by white on-screen character Hank Azaria since he appeared in 1990 amid the show's first season. Be that as it may, a current narrative by Indian-American standup comic Hari Kondabolu, The Problem with Apu, censured the character for instance of destructive and boundless stereotyping of south Asians on American TV, which "reflected how America saw us: servile, naughty, ridiculous", and which has fuelled tormenting of and bigotry towards ethnic minorities. Sunday night's scene, No Good Read Goes Unpunished, was the first run through The Simpsons makers recognized the debate, yet their reaction has not gone down well. Apu was an apparatus for children to follow you': why The Simpsons stays hazardous 

In the scene, Marge Simpson needs to peruse Lisa a book she adored when she was a young lady, however acknowledges it is loaded with bigot generalizations. She at that point alters it to highlight a "cisgender young lady named Clara" who battles for "horse save and unhindered internet". In any case, Lisa gripes that by making the story "tame" and its lead character "idealize", Marge has stripped Clara of her passionate voyage. "All things considered, what am I expected to do?" Marge inquires. Lisa swings to confront the watcher: "It's difficult to state. Something that began decades prior and was hailed and tame is currently politically erroneous. What would you be able to do?" She at that point signals to a photo of Apu by her bed, recorded with Bart Simpson's catchphrase – "Don't have a dairy animals" – an order to unwind. The Simpsons official maker, Al Jean, pre-empted an online networking bedlam, tweeting just before the show disclosed: "Twitter blast in act three". He was right. 

Kondabolu himself was among the first to react, scrutinizing the scene as cavalier and "tragic": "Stunning. 'Politically Incorrect?' That's the takeaway from my motion picture and the dialog it started? Man, I extremely cherished this show. This is tragic." He proceeded with: "I utilized Apu and The Simpsons as a passage point into a bigger discussion about the portrayal of minimized gatherings and why this is critical. The Simpsons reaction today around evening time isn't a hit at me, yet at what a considerable lot of us think about advance." Others have called it "totally toothless" and "an unfeeling and angry shrug", and have brought up the incongruity of having the lines conveyed by Lisa, one of the show's more dynamic characters. 

In any case, a few fans have protected the scene as mocking, and the show as one which delights in "level with circumstance" stereotyping. Azaria himself said something not long ago, telling columnists that the show would "certainly address" the discussion after "a considerable measure of thought". "The Simpsons throughout the years has been pretty entertainingly hostile to all way of individuals: Republicans, Brazilians, presidents, secondary school principals, school principals, Italians, and so on," he said. "Furthermore, they take a great deal of pride over yonder in not apologizing for any of that. I think, throughout the years, they've completed a better than average employment of being, should we say, consistently hostile without being by and large frightful." Azaria likewise said the way that it had caused any sort of mischief and enduring was "aggravating" and "troubling" to him, including: "The possibility that anyone was minimized in view of it or experienced serious difficulties was extremely annoying to me by and by and professionally."

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 10 Apr 2018 23:46pm IST


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