The Guardian

Don't get rid of Apu. He's a hero to many of us | Bhaskar Sunkara

As an Indian-American, I learned to embrace Apu. I hope he stays on The Simpsons
‘Apu was an emotionally developed character, much more so than other Simpsons characters, he cared about his family and worked tirelessly to support them.’ Photograph: Fox/Fox via Getty Images

After progressively diminishing the character, it appears that The Simpsons might be gearing up to drop Kwik-E-Mart clerk and Indian-American icon, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Well, kind of Indian-American. He’s a brown character with an exaggerated Indian accent voiced by a white guy (Hank Azaria).

Apu has gotten a lot of flak lately for being racist depiction of Indian-Americans. One of my favorite comedians, Hari Kondabolu, even released a documentary about it (The Problem with Apu) last year.

But growing up

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian3 min read
How Wonderful To Watch Simone Biles' Defiant Joy In Our Dark Times | Candice Frederick
Amid depressing news these days such as abortion bans, mass shootings and rampant Hollywood sexual assault cases, it can be easy to overlook an event so uplifting that it almost sounds like science fiction. Just a few days ago the gymnast Simone Bile
The Guardian4 min readPolitics
'A Brutal Dinner': Celebrities Talk About Meeting Donald Trump
Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became president
The Guardian4 min read
New Museum Tells Gripping Story Of Liberation Of Paris 75 Years On
Basement used by resistance as control centre transformed ahead of anniversary of Nazis surrender