Apu Nahasapeemapetilon to No Longer Appear in The Simpsons

The Simpsons and Family Guy to recast white actors voicing non-white characters, reflecting growing calls for authentic representation in media. Apu, a controversial character, will no longer appear on The Simpsons.

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Apu Nahasapeemapetilon to No Longer Appear in The Simpsons

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon to No Longer Appear in The Simpsons

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner on the long-running animated series The Simpsons, will no longer be featured in future episodes of the show. This decision comes as part of a broader move towards more inclusivity in Hollywood, with The Simpsons and Family Guy announcing plans to recast white actors who previously voiced characters of color.

The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters, while Mike Henry, a white voice actor, will step down from voicing the character of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy. These changes are taking place amid the Black Lives Matter movement and recent high-profile police killings of Black people, which have sparked a national conversation about racial justice and representation.

Why this matters: The decision to remove Apu from The Simpsons reflects a growing awareness of the need for authentic representation in media. It highlights the importance of addressing stereotypical portrayals and giving voice to diverse perspectives in popular culture.

Apu, voiced by white actor Hank Azaria, has been a subject of criticism in recent years for embracing racist stereotypes. Azaria has announced that he will step away from the role, although a replacement actor has not yet been announced. The Simpsons and Family Guy have had multiple Black characters voiced by white actors in the past, a practice that is now being reconsidered in light of calls for greater diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

The move to retire Apu comes as another long-running character on The Simpsons, Larry the Barfly, was recently killed off in the episode "Cremains Of The Day". Larry, a regular at Moe's Tavern, rarely had any dialogue but was a familiar background presence on the show. His death has sparked debate among fans, with some lamenting his "really f—ing sad and tragic" life, while others blamed his alcoholism for his demise. Apu has only appeared as a background character since 2017 following claims that the character embraced racist stereotypes.

Key Takeaways

  • Apu, the Indian store owner on The Simpsons, will no longer appear.
  • The Simpsons and Family Guy will recast white actors voicing non-white characters.
  • These changes reflect a need for authentic representation in media.
  • Apu was criticized for embracing racist stereotypes.
  • The Simpsons also killed off the character Larry the Barfly.