Last month saw the release of Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem With Apu,” an examination of how longtime “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon reinforced hurtful cultural stereotypes.
Hank Azaria, who has voiced the character since 1990, has remained quiet publicly about the documentary and the recent talk over the political incorrectness of the Indian character. Now, TMZ has spoken with Azaria who says he’s seen the documentary and it has provoked some thought:
“I think the documentary did make some really interesting points, and gave us a lot at ‘The Simpsons’ to think about and we really are thinking about it. Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by any character or vocal performance is really upsetting that was offensive or hurtful to anybody. I think it’s an important conversation and one definitely worth having. We’re just really thinking about it and it’s a lot to digest.”
The documentary, which runs a brisk 60 minutes, received mostly positive reviews with an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.