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Last year, a boiling point was reached with the iconic Fox cartoon coming under fire about whether the Indian shop-owner character should be done away with because some felt it is a racist stereotype.
During his special, Aziz Ansari: Right Now, the comic and actor got on the topic by joking how “newly woke white people” with all their talking points and data are exhausting compared to racist people who just insult, then go away.
Kidding on how he learned about the Apu controversy, Ansari said, “Yeah, Candice. I am aware of it. I saw it 30 years ago. It’s a white guy doing an Indian voice. I appreciate the support, but things don’t just become racist when white people figure it out.”
The comic made it clear he never liked the character.
“Why didn’t anyone say anything 30 years ago? We’re winning awards and stuff and no one said anything.” In his normal voice, Ansari responded, “Because Indian people could only say something like four years ago, OK? We’ve had a slow rise in the culture.”
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