Who Should Voice Apu?

by yrnej | created - 26 Apr 2018 | updated - 29 Apr 2018 | Public

During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, actor Hank Azaria admitted that he is disappointed and sorry for the way the controversy regarding his portrayal of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons (1989) has been handled. Azaria announced that he would be willing to step aside for another actor to voice the character.

Which of these actors do you think should take over the role?

Discuss the list here

For more information on Azaria's admission to here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/25/entertainment/hank-azaria-apu/index.html

Also see the documentary The Problem with Apu (2017), starring comedian Hari Kondabolu, regarding the character of Apu and about how the Western world depicts South Asian characters and culture.

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4. Aziz Ansari

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7. Hari Kondabolu

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9. Hasan Minhaj

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10. Ajay Naidu

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11. Kumail Nanjiani

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12. Kunal Nayyar

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13. Dean Obeidallah

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14. Maulik Pancholy

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15. Dev Patel

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16. Kal Penn

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17. Russell Peters

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18. Dileep Rao

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19. Tony Shalhoub

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22. Shaun Toub

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23. Hank Azaria

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It doesn't matter who voices Apu, as long as they tone down the insensitive portrayal



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