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Much Apu About Nothing?

Simpsons News — Posted 13 Oct, 2005 by Scott

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is the industrious convenience store-owner and one of the major cast characters, with several episodes revolving entirely around him.

Several American South Asian chaps recently expressed their intense dislike of Apu. For them, Apu personifies every stereotype they wish to shake off. He’s got a thick accent, he spent many years living in the US illegally, works in a cornershop, had an arranged marriage, rips off his customers, is continually the butt of Homer’s jokes about Hinduism and has an unpronounceable long surname.

Brown-skinned Americans, especially those living outside the major cosmopolitan cities, have come to associate Apu with insults – Apu’s catchphrase “Thank you, come again!” is shouted as abuse by thick-headed bigots.

So let me explain why I think Apu is a positive character for Asians – particularly those living outside India...
Full Story: AsiansInMedia.org

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