Apu’s last name, Nahasapeemapetilon, is an anagram of Pahasanee Mapetilon, the first and last name of a schoolmate of Simpsons writer Jeff Martin.
“All we know is that unless there’s a way to switch it around or something, I won’t be doing the voice anymore,” Azaria told the entertainment page of the Indian-born convenience store owner, whose full name is Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. “We all made the decision together,” Azaria added. “We all agreed.
The voice actor moves away from a character who has been criticized as a racist stereotype, but it’s unclear if the shopkeeper will be dropped from the cartoon.
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a recurring character in the American animated series The Simpsons. He is an Indian immigrant owner who runs Kwik-E-Mart, a popular grocery store in Springfield and is known for his “Thank you, come back” slogan.
Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer voice the character Apu, the subject of controversy over racism allegations. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is an Indian migrant in Springfield, where the yellow-tinted, satirical, dysfunctional family has lived for 30 years and who owns a grocery store, Kwik-E-Mart.
The Simpsons removed Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from their series after complaints arose that the character was problematic and despite the series taking steps to ensure the character doesn’t offend audiences anytime soon, Apu needs to be reintegrated into the series.
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