APU IS A WHITE GUY DOING AN IMPRESSION OF A WHITE GUY MAKING FUN OF MY FATHER. According to the HuffPo article "Is It Time To Retire Apu?”, Hank Azaria saw my video about Mindy Kaling & South Asian representation from Totally Biased and that line affected him. (The internet is amazing!)
"A video circulating online got to him, featuring Kondabolu…The actor credits the monologue with stirring his first misgivings. “If the only representation of Jews in our culture was Robin Williams’ impression of a Yiddish guy [from “The Birdcage,” starring both Williams and Azaria], I guess I might be upset with that too,” Azaria says.”
This has opened up a nice dialogue. Much more than I ever expected and I appreciate the fact Hank Azaria was willing to talk about it.
P.S. I LOVE THE SIMPSONS AND I ALWAYS WILL.
I’m excited about “Every Simpsons Ever” on FXX…but still have some things to say about Apu.
This clip of my friend Boots Riley describing his band The Coup as a “Punk, Funk/ Communist revolution band” to unsuspecting reporters on Fox 8 in Cleveland is amazing!! Reminds me of that time I was on Fox 5 in NYC.
"So, er, for the non South Asians in the audience who perhaps didn’t understand why there was applause, the British built a really extensive railway system throughout India before they left, and it wasn’t so much for transportation for the Indian people, it was because it’s really hard to plunder on foot."
Hari Kondabolu’s joke about the British colonisation of India [x]
Hari Kondabolu was interviewed by Hari Sreenivasan on PBS newshour…marking the greatest moment in HARI HISTORY. We discuss my album “Waiting for 2042,” my amazing album cover, colonialism, my parents, the changing racial demographics of the US, the role of comedy and our shared name.
In a related legitimizing note, my album “Waiting for 2042" & I were mentioned in the NY Times! I was even called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Glad to see the Times finally catch up with Tumblr! (WINK, WINK)