Thank You Hari Kondabolu for “The Problem With Apu” Documentary. Whose Responsibility is it Now?

Dhara Singh

One day I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and suddenly I see friends sharing articles of an upcoming documentary about the one and only Apu from the Simpsons. The one hour long documentary was to live stream on truTV, and reporters from NPR, Variety, and Mashable were already giving the inside scoop. This past Sunday night curiosity lead me to secure a temporary free trial on Hulu to watch the documentary.

To be quite frank, I had no idea who Hari Kondabolu was and that a channel called truTV even existed. (I promise I don’t live under a rock!) However, a discussion on stereotypes and the advancement of South Asians in media will always, guaranteed, peak my interest.

It is ironic first of all, to note that Hari Kondabolu, who created and hosts this documentary is a comedian himself. As clips in the documentary show, prior to 9/11…

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