An Argentina-based news channel is drawing criticism on social media for airing an image of “Apu”, a fictional character of Indian ethnicity from the TV show The Simpsons, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit on Thursday.
Cronica TV aired an image of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon alongside a footage of PM Modi landing for the G20 Summit. The caption underneath read, “Llego Apu,” which in Spanish means, “Apu arrives”. For the background music, the TV reportedly decided to use the song “Ring Ring Ringa” from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
The character of “Apu” has been in controversy for “racial stereotyping”. Comedian Hari Kondabolu criticized Apu as a negative stereotype of South Asians, and made a documentary – “The Problem with Apu.” In the film, Mr Kondabolu interviewed actors from South Asia about the perception of South Asians in American culture and how the character of Apu impacted their lives.