DECEMBER 1, 2018
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Argentina for the G20 summit was marred by racist overtones after a local news channel used controversial animated character Apu to mark Modi’s visit.
Argentinian channel Cronica TV used the character from the American show The Simpsons to announce that PM Modi had arrived in the country. They used the headline “Apu Arrives” as PM Modi reached Buenos Aires for the international summit.
Patrick Gillespie (@Pat_Gillespie) November 29, 2018
The show has faced criticism from Indian fans who feel that the character promotes offensive stereotypes, particularly because he is voiced by white actor Hank Azaria.
Social media users reacted negatively to the comparison, with many criticising the channel for the racist overtones of the headline.
This Channel is a joke even here in Argentina, we truly apologize for this discriminatory joke and you people from India are totally welcome if you want to laugh at our president, even if he is a joke himself. pic.twitter.com/Ylb5KJyHie
f e d e (@fede_arroyo) November 30, 2018
This typecasting and stereotyping of people not in your country is what causes racial bias and hence racial problems. I’ll take it as a joke, but anyone with no context would only be figuring it out the wrong way.
Harigarakumar V (@harigarakumarv) November 30, 2018
Apu (@Apuntes_) November 30, 2018
What bright spark thought that was acceptable?
Mock The Right (@Mock_The_Right) December 1, 2018
Truely racist and insulting!! #G20Summit2018
Argentinian channel Cronica TV issues bizarre welcome to Narendra Modi, claims ‘Apu Arrived’ as PM arrives in Buenos Aires – Firstpost https://t.co/MqDKeVbZOi
Syed Suhaib Ahmed (@SYEDSUHAIB) November 30, 2018
Anyone saying that this is funny is as garbage a human being as whoever ok’d this ‘announcement’ of #Modi to the #G20. And – I’m not gonna buy into ignorance as an excuse to not know that even Apu’s voiceover actor denounced his portrayal – Google it…
dangermouth (@madavis323) November 30, 2018
Indian-origin comedian Hari Kondabolu, who made a film about the negative influence of Apu, also expressed his disgust.
This couldn’t be true, right? https://t.co/xiEzNgpXip
Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) November 30, 2018
PM Modi arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday to take part in the G20 summit during which he will have several bilateral meetings, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and a historic trilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Courtesy/Source: India Today