A new documentary, The Problem With Apu, aired Sunday on truTV. Hari Kondabolu's film examines the problematic racial stereotyping of the character Apu on the long-running animated sitcom The Simpsons and its impact on the South Asian community.
According to Mashable:
The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu's personal vendetta against the fictional title character. ...Apu is a character so salient yet so transcendentally offensive that a U.S. Surgeon General had to answer to impressions of the guy. Apu is, perversely, the one thing unifying South Asian American actors of a certain generation without fail. A visceral reaction to anything that resembled Azaria's impression may be the reason so many South Asian American actors hesitate or outright refuse to do accents in their work.