Priyanka Chopra explained “the problem with Apu” while speaking to “The View” about the “Simpsons” character.
“He was the bane of my life growing up,” she said. “I was always asked when I was in high school like at 14, 15, why I didn’t speak like that, or were my parents like, they are doctors, which is a stereotype, but like, did I find gold in my rivers? Did I go to school on elephants?” she explained.
She also talked about how time has changed our perception of the character.
“Everyone looked yellow except Apu, so that made him stand out completely,” she stated. “And what happened from that time to now, the number, the population of Indian Americans in America has tripled since that time, so the voice is louder,”
Her comments come on the heels of “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening saying that Apu’s critics “love to pretend they’re offended,” and Chopra indirectly responded:
“Yes, it’s a cartoon. Yes, it’s a pop culturally super successful show, but that gives it more responsibility.”
Last month, Hank Azaria said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he’s willing to change the character or stop voicing it completely, but the show hasn’t announced any changes yet or indicated that there will be any.