Hank Azaria, the voice of The Simpsons’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, claimed during an interview he wanted to apologize to every single Indian for the crime of voicing a cartoon character.
The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria, the white actor who voiced the show’s long-running Indian character, Apu, says that he feels the need “to go to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize” for his “participation in racism.”
Yet, Azaria had no problem with his “racism” for the previous thirty years. Interesting.
“It’s practically a slur at this point,” Azaria said of the Simpsons character during a recent interview on the Armchair Expert podcast with hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padman.
The actor added that it “took a while” for him to realize his so-called “participation in racism,” or “a racist practice.”
The good news is The Simpsons haven’t been funny since 1996, and most people wouldn’t know Azaria if they tripped over him. Now maybe it’s just me, but I think if Azaria was truly sorry for his racism, he would distribute his wealth among the Indians he offended.