Watch: Akaash Singh wants to ‘bring Apu back’ in new stand-up comedy special
Yes, it’s time to bring Apu back. The wheels of cancel culture are slowly coming off their axles, and one of the beacons of this culture is undoubtedly Hari Kondoabolu and his documentary The problem with Apu.
The problem with Apu is a 2017 documentary film written by and starring comedian Hari Kondabolu and produced and directed by Michael Melamedoff. It centers on the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, an Indian immigrant in the animated sitcom The Simpsons who, for a time, was the only figure of Indian descent to appear regularly on mainstream American television. The film explores encounters with negative stereotypes, minstrelsy, racial microaggressions, and slurs against people of Indian and South Asian descent.
Since the release of this film, a number of interview subjects, themselves, have been canceled to varying degrees. Comedian Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct and nearly quit the business. Just today, Whoopie Goldberg was suspended for two weeks after making inflammatory remarks about the Holocaust. That said, it was the initial domino that caused Hank Azaria and a number of white actors to drop their roles as BIPOC characters. A guy who wants to see Apu back?
Comedian Akaash Singh launching his new Youtube stand-up special today Bring back Apu where he goes straight to Hari’s claims of being bullied at school, he doesn’t blame Apu. In fact, most people have never had a problem with Apu and would agree that it’s been too long since we’ve seen the classic character of The simpsons.