The Problem With Apu
In the comedic documentary “The Problem with Apu” (2017), South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later. Featuring interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, the film is currently streaming on truTV.com.
Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu will join moderator Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Sociology, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.