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Entertainment

Web Desk
April 13, 2021

Hank Azaria wants to apologize to 'every Indian American' for racist role on 'Simpsons'

Entertainment

Web Desk
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Hank Azaria wants to apologize to 'every Indian American' for racist role on 'Simpsons'

American actor Hank Azaria caught flak over his racist portrayal of The Simpson’s Indian American character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Now, Azaria claims that he wants to apologize to every Indian in America for wronging them as a white actor with his role of a character of colour.

Appearing on Monday’s episode of Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Azaria said: “There were very good intentions on all of our parts. We tried to do a funny, thoughtful character.”

"And just because there were good intentions, it doesn't mean there weren't real negative consequences that I am accountable for,” he added.

Speaking of Apu’s portrayal, he said he understood the negative consequences of his role when he visited his son’s school and met a 17-year-old Indian American kid who hadn’t watched the show but knew about the character.

"It's practically a slur at this point. All he knows is this is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country still.”

“With tears in his eyes, he said to me, and it was so sweet the way he put it. ‘Will you please tell the writers in Hollywood that what they do and what they come up with matters in people's lives? Like, it has consequences?'"

"I apologize for my part in creating that and participating in that. Part of me feels like I need to go on to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize. And sometimes, I do."