The Simpsons Documentary The Problem With Apu Gets a Trailer

The Problem With Apu investigates the cultural impact that The Simpsons character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, has had on Indian-Americans.

The Problem With Apu Documentary

The Problem With Apu trailer investigates the cultural impact that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon - the popular convenience store owner from The Simpsons - has had on Indian-Americans. Hosted by standup comedian Hari Kondabolu, the forthcoming documentary will air on truTV later this fall, with a rotating panel of talking heads to address the issue head on - most notably including such well-known performers as Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), and Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards).  

Voiced for some 20-odd years by character actor Hank Azaria, Apu has become an iconic animated character whose myriad appearances across all 29 seasons of The Simpsons thus far has served to brand his accent and image on the minds of viewers across the country. However, the level to which Apu is a caricature of the Indian-American in the 20th and 21st centuries has had certain negative ramifications - and Kondabolu is determined to make them known to general viewers.

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In the footage featured above, potential viewers can get their first look at the personal and emotional damage that can be wrought by the kinds of ethnic stereotypes frequently depicted on The Simpsons. Much like his work with fellow comedian W. Kamau Bell on the Politically Re-Active podcast, The Problem With Apu sees Kondabolu set his sights on debunking some of the more latent social antagonism present in a broadly comical animated character like Apu.