The Simpsons : Matt Groening looks back on the controversy around the character of Apu

Remember, last April, after 29 seasons, a controversy was born around the character Apu series The Simpsons.

In fact, a documentary titled The Problem With Apu, written by comedian Hari Kondabolu, explaining that the character of indian Simpson had racist stereotypes. In particular, because of his indian accent strong and pronounced, that it is the manager of a grocery store and a father of a family, really large. Even the actor Hank Azaria, who double the character in the series, had found the situation “annoying“, not hesitating to declare that the documentary scored good points.

Matt Groening declares his love for Apu

In the Face of this controversy, the series had responded by making a special episode at the end of which Lisa had spoken directly to the camera by running : “It is always difficult, it is something that has existed for several decades, which has been acclaimed and regarded as harmless and now it is politically incorrect. That is what we can do ?”. Then a photo of Apu appeared on his bedside table with the inscription “Don’t have a cow” (“Don’t’t wrap“).

This Thursday, the creator of the series, Matt Groening has insisted to go back on this controversy. It is in the columns of the New York Times that he spoke about Apu. And it is clear that Groening loves his character. He himself says :

I love Apu. I love the character, and it makes me feel bad that it put ill at ease other people.

The creator of the Simpsons continues by defending the character of Apu is condoning any racism. In fact, Matt Groening explains thathe gave it this name in reference to The Apu Trilogy of Satyajit Ray. Great lover of culture, cinema and indian music, making this reference to this work was for him “an educational intention :

Originally, I named the character after The Apu Trilogy of Satyajit Ray. I love the indian culture, cinema and indian music. I thought the name was a signal given in an educational intention. I said that may be a kid growing up was going to end by to find from where came the name and watching The Apu Trilogy, which are the greatest films in the history of cinema.

This clarifies the situation …

The cinema has changed in a few decades, and there are many criticisms against it. is therefore launching a debate to find out what you think.

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