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Is Apu racist?

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/06/19/is-apu-racist/

Theres a documentary out wherein many Indian Americans feel the Simpsons character ” Apu” is a hurtful racist stereotype.

They are entitled to their opinion, and only they can say how they feel.

I think Apu was the first Indian character ever seen on American TV.  (Wasn’t he? was there an earlier character?)  He works in a convenience store, “Indians work in convenience stores” is a common generality.  But how is he negative?

He seems to be a very hard working man. In fact he seems to work at his store 24 hours a day. No matter when a Springfield citizen goes to the Quickie Mart, Apu is there, he doesn’t seem to have any outside employees who cover the night shift.

He is also seen to be a good father, husband and citizen. In fact he is shown to be a much better person than Homer or almost anyone else in Springfield.

Is the main problem his voice? His accent?  Is it the fact that it is a white actor doing the voice of an Indian man? Would the the same complaint be there is it were an Indian actor playing the part?

White actors playing African Americans in “mush mouf” / “stepin fetchit” minstrel show black face was a huge problem for African Americans for decades.

Its not done anymore, no one would dare.  Singer Harry Connick Jr was a judge on an Australian TV talent show and some Australians did a Jackson 5 spoof done up in minstrel show black face.  Connick, who we can assume has been working with the finest African American musicians in the world, was appalled that this kind of act was still being done.

Fair enough, good on Harry. Until someone pointed out that Connick himself once appeared in blackface in a MAD TV sketch….

Does this make Harry Connick Jr a two faced hyprocrite? Or is it a matter of degrees.  Harry Connick Jr did NOT appear in Minstrel Show BlackFace, but rather in relatively realistic light brown make up and relatively realistic curley black wig.

In the movie “Tropic Thunder” Robert Downey Junior plays an ACTOR playing the part of an African American character in some kind of parody of “PLATOON”.  The producers and Downey HAD to know they would be scrutinized for this.  Downeys makeup is very realistic,  you could forgive someone for not knowing it is a white actor. Its so well done that I think many folks might assume its just a Black man in the part.

I never heard any complaints from the Black Community about “Tropic Thunder”. Some white media personalities tried to stir the pot and ask Black celebrities if they were offended by “Tropic Thunder”.  Most said they didn’t care, they thought it was funny. they thought Downey was a great actor.

Maybe its that by the time “Tropic Thunder” came out there were plenty of other Black faces in positive roles all across TV and movie screens.  You could get away with “Tropic Thunder” in  2008, whereas you couldn’t get away with it in the 50’s or 60s.

Tropic Thunder ‘s IMDB page

Tropic Thunder ‘s Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropic_Thunder

So perhaps the problem some have with Apu is that he was the first and at the time ONLY Indian character on TV.   And decades after the Simpsons premiere, he is, amazingly, STILL one of the ONLY Indian characters on TV.

No one complains when white actors do parody’s of other European ethnic stereotypes… How many times have we seen white actors do exageratted French accents, German accents,  Scottish accents and no one says anything.  But they have a right to that because…. They are white?

( Although a small but vocal group of Italian Americans who complain that Italians rarely appear as anything but mobsters).

Also notice there is a mild scandal if a white actor does a SPANISH accent or dresses up as a SPANISH person……. look at a map folks…. SPAIN is in EUROPE! Its right next to Italy.

Everyone loved Spanish actor Antonio Banderas playing a Mexican in ZORRO.  Sure they share a common language, but Spain and Mexico are separate countries, thousands of miles apart, and, for the most part, separate ethnicities. On a separate but related note, many Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and other South American will say that English is a language forced on them and they should be addressed in their native tongue… Spanish.

IMDB page for the movie ZORRO: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120746/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Now please enjoy Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and British actor Anthony Hopkins playing Mexicans in ZORRO:

Spanish is just as much a foreign language forced upon Mexico and South America as English is.

Spain was a foreign European superpower who “colonized” (invaded) South America and forced their language on the locals just as much as England was.

I see many more Indian actors and comedians in movies and TV now than then.  And none of them talk like Apu.  But I still can’t think of any major Indian characters on TV. There is Apu on the Simpsons, the side character Raj on BIG BANG THEORY and…. thats it isn’t it?

IMDB page for Kunal Navyar : https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2471798/?ref_=tt_cl_t5

 

 

 

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Muppet Verse?

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/06/17/muppet-verse/

Random Sesame Street thought(s)

We can assume that The Sesame Street characters and The Muppet Show characters live in a shared universe. After All, Kermit the Frog is in both right? And they were both (co) created by Jim Henson, right?
Big Big showed up on The Muppet show in the 70’s.


Did any of the other Sesame Street characters show up on the 70s Muppet Show? Did they show up on any of the other later Muppet TV Shows? I know Big Bird has a cameo in the first MUPPET MOVIE:

And (almost) all of the Sesame Street muppets show up in the wedding scene of “THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN.” ( 1984)

And there is the marvellous “Muppet Family Christmas” ( 1987) With most of the muppet characters interacting with Sesame Street Characters and the Fraggles!

But here is a thought that is buzzing around my head:
I’ve always assume that the Muppet Theater is supposed to be somewhere in New York City. They never said that, I just assumed its in some weird off Broadway theater where vaudeville never died. And its NOT a TV show to THEM…. its a live weekly vaudeville show….. we never see TV cameras in the Muppet theater do we? They maybe did that on later versions of the Muppets but that wasn’t in the 70s original was it?
If they’re in a shared universe, theoretically Miss Piggy could leave the Muppet theater and walk down to Sesame Street and get something at Hoopers Store…. and interact with the other Sesame Street denizens, right?
BUT….
On the Muppet Show Miss Piggy says to Big Bird : “Aren’t you on that cute childrens show with the puppets?”
So that means that within the world of the Muppet Show, Sesame Street is NOT REAL but it’s just a TV Show and Big Big is just an Actor on the show. So perhaps Miss Piggy could travel to the TV studio where they shoot the show, but its not real.
And in the Muppet Movie, Big Bird tells Fozzy Bear ” I’m going to New York City to try and break into Public Television!” So again, this shows that Big Bird is an ACTOR on a SHOW called Sesame Street, The Street itself isn’t real to the Muppets.
Which brings up other thoughts….
On the original Sesame Street that I grew up on in the 1970’s …. Kermit the Frog was not ON Sesame Street. He was a TV newscaster in skits on almost every episode… but he was never ON the street was he? Did we ever see Kermit talk to Big Bird, Oscar, the Humans or any other characters? The same with Grover, Bert & Ernie and the Count. Grover was only seen in the restaurant with the rude customer and sometimes with children. Bert & Ernie were only ever seen in their apartment…. we never saw them outside it did they?

The Count was only ever seen in the room of his castle, never ON the actual Sesame Street was he?
I saw them all together in the movie “Elmo in Grouchland” but that’s not the same as seeing them on the show. Do they show them all together on the TV show now?

And then theres THIS, proving that Sesame Street is in the Star Wars Universe:
RD-D2 and C 3PO visit Sesame Street.

 

https://www.sesamestreet.org/

https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074028/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079588/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Elmo in Grouchland  on imdb.

Muppet Family Christmas   on imdb.

 

 

Storage Wars with Steven Mango

mattkprovideo.com/2019/04/12/storage-wars-with-steven-mango/

Storage Wars with Steven Mango

Steve Mangos IMDB page:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3571017/

His web site:

http://www.stevenmango.com/

One of several web articles about Steve Mango:

https://tonyortega.org/2016/08/25/steven-mango-who-appears-in-theroux-film-calls-police-to-scientology-facility-over-assault/

https://www.instagram.com/stevenmango/?hl=en

Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77

Peter Tork of the Monkees Dies at 77

https://mattkprovideo.com/2019/02/21/peter-tork-of-the-monkees-dies-at-77/

 

Peter Tork,  one of the real musicians in The Monkees (guitarist) died today at the age of 77.

They may have been a fake band, but Peter Tork was a real musician and player. His real born name was Peter Halsten Thorkelson,  but assumably changed it to the stage name Peter Tork.

We don’t know the official cause yet, but the guitarist had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a decade ago. May it be presumed it was a cancer relapse?

http://www.petertork.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tork

The Monkees TV show started on  September 12, 1966, on NBC.

The series was shot by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from The Three Stooges shorts were used on The Monkees: A pair of pajamas with a bunny design on the front that had been worn by Curly Howard in shorts such as Cactus Makes Perfect and In the Sweet Pie and Pie were the same ones worn by Peter Tork in various episodes such as “A Coffin Too Frequent” and “Monkee See, Monkee Die”.[8]

https://www.monkees.com/

 

https://variety.com/2019/music/news/peter-tork-the-monkees-dies-dead-1203144914/

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47319788

 

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/peter-tork-dies/

 

 

Health and Dental Commercial

mattkprovideo.com/2018/10/18/health-and-dental-commercial/

Health and Dental Video Commercial for Jamie Johnson Insurance

 

 

A youtube TV  commercial made for Jamie Johnson Insurance in San Antonio, Texas.

https://jamiejohnsoninsurance.com/

Made in conjunction with

http://vivs-design.com/

Made with Adobe Illustrator, Some Adobe Photoshop, some Adobe After Effects and edited in Adobe Premiere.

The flying red arrow was created in Adobe Animate ( Flash).

 

Screenplay:

 

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