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‘THE PROBLEM WITH APU:’ NEW DOCUMENTARY TACKLES STEREOTYPICAL ‘SIMPSONS’ CHARACTER

It's about time.


By Jada Gomez
11.10.17


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As a kid growing up in Queens, N.Y., accents were an off-limits thing.
They were as volatile an offense as a “your mama” joke, or a flat-out racial epithet.*My beloved borough is known as the most diverse county in the world, as it’s the home for folks hailing from over 164 countries, and countless more languages.

You grow up eating Irish soda bread, Jamaican cocoa bread, and even know a Yiddish word or two. I could distinguish accents very early on since I was around them so often, but never did one make me come to an uncomfortable halt like Apu from The Simpsons.

While some of the store owners in my neighborhood were Indian, the Indian families I grew up around included doctors, cab drivers, businessmen and teachers. Apu seemed to be predestined for a life in a Springfield Kwik-E-Mart, being mocked by animated characters and live audiences every week. While some laughed, I tried to overlook Apu and the stereotypes, so I could enjoy the show that all my friends— and the entire nation— were raving about.

Over 20 years later, it’s clear I’m not the only one. Hari Kondabolu, an actor, standup comic, and fellow Queens native, has produced a new documentary, The Problem with Apu, to explore the troubling stereotypes head on. Debuting on Nov. 19 on truTV, the film puts The Simpsons to task for being at the forefront of so many social issues, but turning a blind eye to poking needless fun at the Indian community. The project includes Master of None star Aziz Ansari, who was constantly asked where to find the nearest Kwik-E-Mart alongside his father, who is the 19th surgeon general of the U.S. Surgeon general.

The Problem with Apu includes more stories from South Asian actors and the first-hand accounts they faced while trying to break into the industry— you’ll see a host of actors forced to audition as Apu himself.

It is absolutely about time. Check out the trailer below.


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I've met some Nepali people that make fun of that kind of Indian accent that Abu has in the Simpsons. Younger generation too, so it's quite probable they've seen the Simpsons. They don't care if that's racist though, because they hate Indians.
 

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Umm, okay :unsure:... and your point is?

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Just pointing out what I've observed. India acts as a big bully in the subcontinent so they aren't very well liked by their neighbors.
 

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OCTOBER 18, 2017

She got a call on-air from a prejudiced man. What resulted is a lesson for all Americans.

'It’s difficult to step out, but in the end, you’re going to be a stronger person.'

Heather McGhee received a rather unusual call from a self-proclaimed racist when she appeared on C-SPAN in August 2016.

McGhee is the president of Demos, a public policy organization that advocates for social change. As a black public figure, she's no stranger to receiving retorts from racially prejudiced individuals. However, the experience she had with the caller on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" was altogether different.


McGhee on "Washington Journal." All photos provided by Starbucks.

After the caller announced himself as someone who is prejudiced, McGhee braced herself for a rant but was surprised to hear a simple ask instead.

"What can I do to change?"*asked the caller, Garry Civitello. "You know, to be a better American?"

He said he thought he was getting good information from the news but would often see minorities portrayed in a negative way. He genuinely wanted advice from McGhee on how to alter his viewpoint.


Civitello.

McGhee was surprised by Civitello's question, but eager to help.

Continued @ http://www.upworthy.com/she-got-a-call-on-air-from-a-prejudiced-man-what-resulted-is-a-lesson-for-all-americans/

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Hmm, I wonder why? :scratch:

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Student columnist defends his op-ed celebrating ‘white death,’ says it isn’t racist

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/39459/

Meanwhile, editor of campus newspaper apologizes for column



A Texas State University student is standing behind his recent controversial op-ed published in the campus newspaper that argues “white death will mean liberation for all.”

Student Rudy Martinez has come under fire for his Nov. 28 column in The University Star titled “Your DNA is an abomination.” The editor in chief of the campus newspaper has even issued an apology over its publication.

But Martinez, in an interview Wednesday with The College Fix, doubled down on his arguments.

“The article speaks for itself,” he told The College Fix via email. “… Though my language, especially when I claim to have only ever met ‘12 decent white people,’ could be deemed as hyperbolic (just barely), it has accomplished its goal: starting a conversation and outing racists.”

“… Was the piece racist? Nope; racist attitudes come from a position of power,” Martinez added in his email. “The only group who have ever held true power in this nation are those who call themselves ‘white.’”



The column came under fire for its incendiary and provocative language against white people.

“Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all … accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor,” Martinez wrote in his column. “Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”

Martinez’s column also touched on his personal interactions with white people.

“When I think of all the white people I have ever encountered – whether they’ve been professors, peers, lovers, friends, police officers, et cetera – there is perhaps only a dozen I would consider ‘decent,’” Martinez’s op-ed stated.

“In your whiteness, you are granted the luxury of not having to think about race daily. Your heartbeat does not speed up when you get pulled over and find yourself staring at the red-and-blue lights of the fascist foot soldiers we call the police. You don’t leave your home wondering if you will ever come back. You don’t give a damn,” his column also stated.

In his email Wednesday to The College Fix, Martinez said that for those who find his column insulting, infuriating or racist, he has some reading recommendations. Namely, Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth,” Dr. Huey P. Newton’s “Revolutionary Suicide,” Valerie Solanas’ “SCUM Manifesto” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

“I am not the first, nor the last, individual to discuss such issues,” Martinez told The Fix via email. “In fact, the aforementioned thinkers are subtly referenced throughout the entire piece.”

Martinez said he is now facing a barrage of anonymous phone calls “from individuals utilizing a tactic known as ‘Caller ID spoofing,’ meaning their phone numbers are appearing in a personalized fashion.”

“They keep using ‘666,’ ‘88,’ and ‘14.’ The latter two are obvious allusions to white supremacy. Some of the comments I’ve seen on FaceBook have referred to Latinx Americans as ‘rape babies’ and a ‘primitive species.’ Surely you can agree that, while admittedly controversial, my article did not stoop down to such a level,” Martinez told The Fix.

“My only regret is not being present at production night, I noticed a couple of grammatical errors that weren’t in my initial draft,” he added.

While Martinez stands behind his column, Denise Cervantes, the editor-in-chief of The University Star, recently issued an apology over the op-ed.

“The original intent of the column was to comment on the idea of race and racial identities. We acknowledge that the column could have been clearer in its message and that it has caused hurt within our campus community. We apologize and hope that we can move forward to a place of productive dialogue on ways to bring our community together,” Cervantes wrote.

The piece was also met with sharp criticism from Martinez’s fellow students at Texas State.

Student body president Connor Clegg is speaking out against the piece, saying “Blatant racism should have no place in a newspaper students pay for” in a Facebook post. Clegg’s post also says he has requested a meeting with the University Star’s editorial board and has scheduled a meeting with the Texas State University President Denise Trauth.

Clegg also told The Fix: “Generally speaking, I want to convey to her that racism shouldn’t have any place on campus and if she plans to stand behind this article while explicitly condemning other acts of racism on campus, then many students take issue with that. Further, students are forced to pay for this paper through their student fees – no one should be forced to support the free press. That’s not how it works so that’s an institutional issue that I’d like to see resolved and I hope she can help with that.”

Clegg wasn’t alone in his concerns. Former student body president Andrew Homann, a senior at Texas State, shared them.

“While I am a staunch defender of the first amendment, this piece promoting racism and bigotry is not something that is productive to a peaceful discussion and interaction among our students,” Homann told The Fix.

This isn’t the first time that Martinez has written a controversial piece.

In June, Martinez, a self-described Marxist, took to the The University Star to publish a piece about the Russian Revolution and how it continues to inspire 100 years later.

In his piece, covered by The Fix, Martinez says he agrees with Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky that the Bolshevik Revolution would usher in a “new form of government” and “would take the economy, industries, transportation, land and give it back to the people,” and that this is “the only way to achieve a lasting peace and avoid oppression.”
Unpleasant how frequently stories like these are popping up in recent times.

To name just the ones I remember: Chanelle Helm, Munroe Bergdorf, Ekow Yankah, now this clown.

Maybe one is just odd 'cause you can ponder if it's serious or not, but when you start to see a 'trend' emerging it's like :unsure:. I wonder what good they think will come out of writing such things. The bolded part in particular is funny - Helm, Bergdorf and now he wrote or said a similar thing. They write believing just one race is an acceptable target for genocidal language and expect people to accept their assertions that their opinions aren't racist? :rolls: Nutty.
 

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Cops: Florida man sets girlfriend’s house on fire, blames it on ‘random black guy’

Cops: Florida man sets girlfriend’s house on fire, blames it on ‘random black guy’

By WFLA STAFF Published: December 3, 2017, 8:59 am

POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A Florida man is accused of setting his girlfriend’s house on fire told detectives a “random black guy” was to blame.


Polk County Sheriff’s Office

According to an affidavit, Jose Bernando Rosas Madrigal, 19, of Auburndale was arrested Saturday after he set fire to his girlfriend’s home while she and her family members were inside.

Investigators said the front of the home, specifically his girlfriend’s bedroom, was covered in flammable fluid. Madrigal also sprayed the fluid all over their yard, vehicles and a canoe. A heart-shaped symbol drawn in flammable fluid was found outside his girlfriend’s bedroom.

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Re: Cops: Florida man sets girlfriend’s house on fire, blames it on ‘random black guy

To Kill A Mockingbird pt 2?
The motive is not suss whatsoever.
Also he is dumb to say this. It means he had to have known about it and possibly be at the scene.
 

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Student columnist defends his op-ed celebrating ‘white death,’ says it isn’t racist

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/39459/



Unpleasant how frequently stories like these are popping up in recent times.

To name just the ones I remember: Chanelle Helm, Munroe Bergdorf, Ekow Yankah, now this clown.

Maybe one is just odd 'cause you can ponder if it's serious or not, but when you start to see a 'trend' emerging it's like :unsure:. I wonder what good they think will come out of writing such things. The bolded part in particular is funny - Helm, Bergdorf and now he wrote or said a similar thing. They write believing just one race is an acceptable target for genocidal language and expect people to accept their assertions that their opinions aren't racist? :rolls: Nutty.
It's blatantly racist. i don't buy his defense.

The main racist he "outed" is himself.

He admits he is a subscriber to the teachings of Trotsky and Lenin.

He is an extreme example of the effects of Cultural Marxism on young minds.
 

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Ex-South Carolina cop Michael Slager gets 20 years for Walter Scott killing

By Meridith Edwards and Dakin Andone, CNN

Updated 4:10 PM ET, Thu December 7, 2017



Story highlights

· Slager pleaded guilty in May to violation of civil rights by acting under the color of law

· Walter Scott's death in April 2015 reignited "Black Lives Matter" protests

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It'll most likely get overturned on appeal. Seen it happen before.
No it won't. He plead guilty in May of this year following a 2016 mistrial. Guilty pleas don't get appealed. He faced a max of 25 years and got 20. Case closed.

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