THE PROBLEM WITH CARTOON CHARACTERS – 2017 continues to deliver:
While many of us consider The Simpsons to be one of the best cartoons ever created, stand-up comedian and child of Indian migrants Hari Kondabolu shares different sentiments.
The Brooklyn-based comedian said he has been “taunted” by the show’s portrayal of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon for the past 30 years.
“Everything with Apu is like this running joke,” he told the NY Times. “And the running joke is that he’s Indian.”
Having watched the show since a child, Mr Kondabolu is now exploring whether the Kwik-E-Mart owner did more harm than good as a representation of Indian-Americans.
Working with the director Michael Melamedoff, the pair have created a documentary called The Problem with Apu, which will debut later this month.
As many have noted already, every character on “The Simpson” is a caricature and a stereotype. Somehow no one is making documentaries about being “taunted” by the portrayal of fat, lazy, dumb, white American males or Christian fundamentalists.