‘The Simpsons’ has at all times been beneath hearth for its depiction of various characters, notably, South-Asian Apu. The present confronted a little bit of reckoning final yr, when followers known as it out for making white actors voice various characters, together with Hank Azaria voicing the stereotypical Indian character Apu.
Whereas the present addressed the controversy by saying they’d not have white actors voice non-white roles, in an interview with USA Right now, collection creator Matt Groening stated that he is nonetheless ‘proud’ of what they did with Apu.
The Apu Nahasapeemapetilon character has not been seen on the present because the casting controversy, however Groening insists he has not been forgotten.
“We have plans for Apu, however now we have to see if we will make the tales work,” Groening stated within the interview. Apu has at all times been criticised by the critics for perpetuating stereotypes, although Groening does not see it that means.
“I feel the Apu tales are implausible, and he is one of the crucial nuanced characters on a foolish two-dimensional cartoon present,” Groening stated “So, yeah, I am pleased with Apu. I am making an attempt to not open up one other chasm of criticism, nevertheless it does not matter what I say. I am going to get it anyway,” he added.
Groening additionally clarified that the choice to take away all white actors voicing non-white roles wasn’t his thought however he agreed with it.
‘It was not my thought, however I am high-quality with it. Who may be towards variety? So it is nice. Nevertheless, I’ll simply say that the actors weren’t employed to play particular characters. They have been employed to do no matter characters we considered,’ Groening stated
He was additionally requested a couple of 2018 interview the place he spoke concerning the tradition of individuals taking offense, and if he nonetheless feels the identical means.
“I’ve to phrase this fastidiously. I feel audiences are smarter than the posse offers them credit score for, and folks can deal with nuance, apart from those who cannot deal with nuance,” Groening stated.
“After which there’s that phrase, one thing them if they cannot take a joke,” he added.