The Democrats are rapidly moving to the fringe left.
But some liberals are beginning to push back, even in “woke” Hollywood.
And a liberal comedian blasted Hollywood for canceling one beloved television character.
Standup comic Akaash Singh leans left, but he is fed up with over-the-top wokeness and cancel culture.
Singh, who is Indian American, advocated for the return of the character of Apu on The Simpsons.
Apu was “canceled” by the left for being an Indian stereotype because he had an accent and owned a convenience store.
Apu was also deemed “problematic” because he was voiced by Hank Azaria, who is white.
But Singh pointed out that Apu is actually a positive character.
— Akaash Singh (@AkaashSingh) February 4, 2022
Singh also appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast to further elaborate his point.
Rogan has recently been the persistent target of the left-wing cancel mob because he attracts far more viewers and listeners than the fake news media.
“[There’s a] difference between your hurt feelings and being oppressed. Your hurt feelings are valid. Kids made fun of me for it. That’s valid. That hurt. I can go talk to a therapist. But you’re not f*cking oppressed. And that’s what I thought canceling Apu was. It was ‘we think we’re oppressed’ and we’re not.”
Singh is correct, and he represents the silent majority that do not believe Apu is offensive.
The controversy began with the documentary The Problem With Apu, which was made by a far-left Indian American comic who was over-educated at progressive institutions.
From there, the controversy snowballed and Azaria vowed to no longer play Apu.
He also issued a groveling apology.
“I was speaking at my son’s school, I was talking to the Indian kids there because I wanted to get their input…A 17-year-old … he’s never even seen The Simpsons but knows what Apu means. It’s practically a slur at this point. All he knows is that is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country…I really do apologize…It’s important. I apologize for my part in creating that and participating in that. Part of me feels like I need to go to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize. And sometimes I do.”
For his part, Simpsons creator Matt Groening pushed back against the Apu outrage, but only as much as he could without getting canceled.
Groening clarified why Azaria was voicing an Indian character:
“I will just say that the actors were not hired to play specific characters. They were hired to do whatever characters we thought of…To me, the amazing thing is seeing all our brilliant actors who can do multiple voices, do multiple voices.”
Hopefully Singh’s comedy special will be proof that the tide is turning and more people will speak up against wokeness.