The Simpsons Address The Problem With Apu

The Simpsons Address The Problem With Apu

Last night, The Simpsons aired an episode in which they briefly addressed the 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu. The documentary discusses the cultural impact the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has had on South Asian representation in other media, as well as the direct impact of the character on prominent South Asian and Indian actors’ lives.

Now, I won’t actually be speaking on whether the representation of Apu is fine or not in this post. I’m not Indian and I just don’t think I really have any say or insight into what is or isn’t offensive representation. However, I still think the way writers displayed their views on the subject was still ignorant.

Here’s why.

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NBC Page Program: How I Got to Panel and the (Likely) Reasons I Was Rejected

Each year, thousands of new grads apply for the NBCUniversal Page Program with big dreams of starting a career in media. There’s arguably no better place to get your foot in the door. So like any TV obsessed comm major with at least two internships under her belt, I applied for the program late 2017.

I made it all the way to panel before getting rejected. Here’s how it went down.

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Overwatch: New Hero Brigitte First Impressions

Overwatch: New Hero Brigitte First Impressions

Overwatch’s newest hero, Brigitte, was released earlier this week. I’ll be avoiding the more technical aspects of her gameplay (which can be easily found in-game or in any Overwatch Wiki) and will focus on how she more practically works in the game so far. After getting to play her a little bit this week outside of the PTR, here are my initial thoughts.

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Nicholas Cage is Playing Superman in the Teen Titans GO! Movie and I’m Freaking Out

A quick Google search of “Nicholas Cage’s acting career” will get you article after article delineating the timeline of his massive rise and fall as an actor. But, as one of the three people on this planet that actually enjoys Teen Titans Go! it’s no surprise that I’d actually like Nicholas Cage as well.

One of the things I enjoy about TTG! is its subversion of children’s cartoons and more broadly its subversion of reboots. It’s extremely campy and fully self-aware of how highly regarded its previous incarnation was. These are also two qualities of Nicholas Cage he often practices but never gets credit for.

Nicholas Cage is primarily known for his uncomfortable performances in movies such as The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, and plenty more. Most, if not all, of the films that leave Cage with a bad rap come after his Academy Award-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Now, this came out the year I was born and so I don’t really remember ever living in a time where Nicholas Cage was regarded highly as an actor. But I’m assuming Leaving Las Vegas had an M. Night Shyamalan-type effect on audiences, where there’ll always be that one movie so good, all the bad ones will be magnified as a result.

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What Violent Video Games Really Mean to Young Men

What Violent Video Games Really Mean to Young Men

Yesterday, President Trump held the hardly anticipated video game summit he announced shortly after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Shockingly, nothing of significance was resolved during Thursday’s meeting. I mean, its entire point couldn’t have been to simply flood headlines with the words “violent video games” and “guns” in the same context. (Please read the thick, THICK sarcasm)

Simply put, no one has been able to find a significant link between violence in video games and violence in real life. Personally, I don’t enjoy violent video games but it’s a fact that millions of players do, and somehow the large majority of them manage to not be violent individuals.

Since I don’t enjoy violent video games, I wanted to discover what the appeal exactly was to young male gamers. In 2016, I did a qualitative case study involving a male participant and extensive research surrounding masculinity and video games. My goal was to discover how these wild, larger-than-life displays of masculinity in video games related to a male gamer. Originally titled,

“Dude, Do You Even Have a Penis?”: Affirmations of Masculinity in Grand Theft Auto V and How They Relate to Male Gamers

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