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Is Apu from the Simpsons a racist character?


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8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/13/13 - 5:10:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lol I like him
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/13/13 - 11:29:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think he is. Maybe a little bit, but even then it'd be nationalist (well, meaning mocking Indians as a nationality, not nationalist in the sense of supporting your nation over others)

8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/13/13 - 11:29:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nation-ist

*inhaluent laugh*
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/15/13 - 12:14:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is racist, but in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. I don't think the creators really think all Indians are like that. The character is more making fun of the stereotype, in a way.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/15/13 - 9:18:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is making fun of the stereotype and I don't see how it is racist at all. Considering that it isn't showing anykind of hate towards Indians. (Degrading them as human beings)

Racist card gets thrown out a lot and I think it has lost a lot of meaning over the years.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 3:56:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
how is it "making fun of the stereotype" if it literally just is the stereotype?
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 5:57:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Meaning that it isn't meant to be taken as a serious representation of Indians. It's there for the sake of it being ridiculous.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 7:28:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 12/15/13 - 9:18:09 AM mehukannu wrote:Racist card gets thrown out a lot and I think it has lost a lot of meaning over the years.
Eh. I think there's a new card in the deck: the the-race-card-is-overplayed card. I really don't think some people even think about whether a concern about racism is legit or not. They just dismiss all of them. I look forward to the day when THAT card is played out.
On Monday 12/16/13 - 3:56:40 AM mysocks wrote:
how is it "making fun of the stereotype" if it literally just is the stereotype?

Well, they have lots of stereotypes and they're basically making fun of all of them. There's the fat, incompetent, donut-eating police chief; there's the Kennedy-esque corrupt mayor; there's the slack-jawed yokel; goody-two-shoes Christians and hypocritical Christians; etc.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 11:16:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
IRLteach, I agree completely. Especially on the overplayed "this-is-a-race-card-card" (try saying that three times faster).
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/13/17 - 5:55:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would be if it wasn't so funny.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/13/17 - 5:57:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Apu seems to be very open minded and accepting of people without regard to their race...
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/13/17 - 5:57:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
...he's definitely not a racist character.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/14/17 - 12:20:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. That's what makes him funny.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/18/17 - 11:30:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Every character in the show portrays a stereotype of sorts and the humor comes from that and from the times they act out of the stereotype as well.

Many animated shows follow somewhat the same pattern in that regard
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/18/17 - 5:24:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
stereotype =/= racist.

If Apu was made to look intentionally inferior because of his Indian heritage then definitely. Otherwise a stereotype is a stereotype.
1 yr ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 10/28/20 - 5:22:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
No not really.

He is one of the few characters that develops at all and hard working too



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