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The Problem with Apu (2017)

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989).

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989).

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19 November 2017 (USA)  »

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Kondabolu grew up watching The Simpsons and cites it as a major influence on his comedy and cultural savvy. Initially he liked the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon because the character was the only representation of his family's culture regularly aired on television in the United States. See more »

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A very good documentary about ignorance of people
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This documentary talks about how people from India are stereotyped in movies and TV shows specially in Apu from The Simpsons.

This is also like when mexicans are stereotyped and wrongfully portrayed in Hollywood, wearing hats and always living in a poor village when in reality many own very expensive cars and a lot of them wear suits and tie. The only movie that portrays mexicans really close is ¨Traffic¨, ironically the great actor Benicio Del Toro, portraying a Mexican is not Mexican.

One thing that this documentary fails in, is when it talks about ignorance of the American people but it shows to be ignorant itself when referring to America as if it is only the United States. This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the U.S. that America is a country, when in reality is a continent with more than 40 countries in it, including the United States and for many U.S. citizens this is a taboo they don't want to acknowledge which is in great part a selfish act, is a We are the only Americans in the world, there are no other American countries. I hope his changes one day starting in school and in the government.


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