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The Problem with Apu ... welcomes viewers into the conversation by gently weaving the narrative between Springfield and the real world.
The Problem With Apu, is drowned out by frustration that he can't land an interview with the character's voice actor, Hank Azaria.
A congenial and persuasive argument for why Apu must go.
Kondabolu and friends wonder what can be done about Apu now and there's nobody around to make it into a real conversation. Still, there's great virtue in getting that conversation started and, in under an hour, The Problem with Apu does that well.
The Problem with Apu often unfolds like a movie-length Daily Show segment -- and that's a compliment -- deftly outlining the stereotypes South Asian people still struggle with in media depictions.
Kondabolu argues that with so few media depictions of characters of Indian descent, just one can disproportionately shape how an entire culture is seen by American viewers.
Kondabolu isn't exactly reinventing the wheel here, but he's clearly got a strong sense of how New Media works and where the conversation about his film will be most hotly debated.
What we're ultimately left with is a very funny and timely film that points out how racism has so permeated our culture to the point that many can't even see it.
The film is an interesting door to a useful discussion about portrayals of people on TV...
Kondabolu raises some troubling questions. I'll never be able to watch "The Simpsons" without thinking about this again.
It's a must-see, in fact, especially if it makes us uncomfortable. Because it's [Hari] Kondabolu, at least we'll laugh through the discomfort.
[Hari] Kondabolu is a patient and deliberate interviewer, pushing and pulling back in equal measure, bringing out moments of real vulnerability in some subjects and allowing others to wrap themselves in the contradictions of their own arguments.
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