In a victory for the grievance industry, social justice warriors have successfully convinced Fox’s The Simpsons to part ways with beloved character Apu, the longsuffering owner of the Qwik-E-Mart convenience store. The character has been under fire from left-wing activists and, as far as we can tell, exactly one actual Indian-American: documentary filmmaker Hari Kondabolu, whose “The Problem With Apu” drew further attention to the “problematic” nature of this cartoon character.
Now Hank Azaria has officially confirmed that he will no longer voice Apu in future episodes of the hit show.
There have been rumors about what The Simpsons would do about Apu, but none were substantiated. Producer Adi Shankar said sources told him the show would phase out Apu, but showrunner Jean denied that. Groening told /Film Azaria never mentioned wanting to stop doing the caricature voice while he was promoting his Netflix series Disenchantment. However, Azaria has confirmed he will not do the voice anymore.
“All we know there is I won’t be doing the voice anymore, unless there’s some way to transition it or something,” Azaria said.
This is great news. It shows The Simpsons has empathy for a segment of their audience and that they’re open to the possibility of evolving. The idea of transitioning Azaria’s voice to an actual Indian actor has been floated, although Azaria only mentioned it as speculation. The only question is this: why keep this such a secret?
This is great news, eh?
Well, pardon us for disagreeing. This is capitulation to one of the smallest outrage communities we’ve ever seen. Let’s be clear: There is no widespread demand for The Simpsons to do away with this character – among Indian-Americans or anyone else. There is a tiny, but very vocal segment of the audience that wants Apu gone (though they have yet to notice anything “problematic” about such characters as Groundskeeper Willie, we notice). It is not a “great” thing at all that The Simpsons is willing to surrender to this outrage culture; it is pathetic.
For more than thirty years, the character of Apu has been no problem at all. Now, in these hyper-racial days, he’s suddenly a symbol of oppression, mockery, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and whatever other garbage terms the left is using these days. We are in the process of overhauling our entire culture just to satisfy a bunch of angry intersectionalists who have convinced the public that their unscientific theories are a justifiable reason to remake America. We’re turning into a country where he who cries the loudest wins.