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The Problem with Apu (2017)

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989).

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989).

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19 November 2017 (USA)  »

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Hank Azaria never appears in the documentary (outside of archive footage). He wrote an email to Hari expressing he "didn't feel comfortable speaking for the whole show". See more »

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Funny and enlightening
23 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Do not listen to the bad reviews on this site. Their arguments are addressed and refuted in the documentary itself. This is a nuanced documentary about the representation of South Asian people in the US media. It presents the character of Apu in a bigger context of lack of representation and stereotyping. Yet, it does not condemn the show as a whole. The author himself, a fan of The Simpsons, is not even sure how to solve the problem with Apu. The film is entertaining, has great interviews, and is really funny.


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