It seems the creator of “The Simpsons” is suggesting that the reaction to having the voice of a white Apu actor all these years isn’t a big deal … in his eyes.
animation Matt Groening Interviewed USA Today In honor of the upcoming 700 episode, he was asked about the controversy – that is, the lack of an Indian actor voicing the Indian character … not to mention the claims portrayed as a walking stereotype.
Groening had some interesting answers … for starters, he says he’s embracing bringing in new voice actors in the name of diversity – the more the fun, he explains. However, you can tell that Matt wasn’t as close at arms as some were about Apu’s handling.
Asked if he will change the nature of Apu’s character and / or his stories in light of the criticism that is two-dimensional, MG says this … “I think the stories of Apu are great, and it is one of the most accurate stories of characters in an absurd 2D cartoon. I’m proud of Apu. “
Realizing that he may experience negative reactions, he also adds, “I try not to open another hole in criticism, but it doesn’t matter what I say. I’ll understand it anyway.” Matt goes on to say that the idea of white actors voicing non-white characters – which “The Simpsons” eventually chose to do – was not his idea, but “good with it.”
Matt also says the original intention wasn’t to get some of the actors to voice some of the characters – they were just trying to use everyone’s talent to the fullest, but he says he understands it. As for whether the Simpsons brass should have embraced this change years ago, he says … “Yes. I heard they want to take the guns away from Yosemite Sam. He’s a little excited.”
Totally expressive … especially since the long-time voice actor for Apu, Hank AzariaRoad looked More sympathetic to me Diversity concerns Who died here. Various strokes, suppose 🤷🏽♂️