Modi’s arrival at the G20 summit ‘announced with Apu meme’

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Modi's arrival at the G20 summit 'announced with Apu meme'

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Image caption Some Indian-Americans have complained that the Simpsons character is racist

An Argentine news channel has come under fire for displaying an image of the Simpsons character Apu as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Buenos Aires.

Cronica TV used the headline "Apu arrives" as the Indian PM's plane touched down for the G20 summit.

Some say the portrayal of the Indian shopkeeper is racist.

Social media users responded angrily to the use of the image.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has been part of the animation series since 1990 and is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white actor, who puts on a heavy Indian accent.

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Twitter post by @Pat_Gillespie: Argentine TV outlet @CronicaTV displays this racist image with the headline “Apu Arrived” as India Prime Minister @narendramodi arrives in Buenos Aires for the #G20. Image Copyright @Pat_Gillespie @Pat_Gillespie Report

Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu made a documentary about the character in 2017, arguing that Apu was founded on racial stereotypes.

Mr Kondabolu told the BBC at the time that the character was problematic because he is defined by his job and how many children he has in his arranged marriage. Others defended the show and said all its characters were stereotypes.

  • Not all Indians think Apu is a racist stereotype

In response to Cronica's use of the character Mr Kondabolu tweeted: "This couldn't be true, right?"

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Twitter post by @harikondabolu: This couldn’t be true, right? Image Copyright @harikondabolu @harikondabolu Report

Others pointed out that the comparison was disrespectful to a foreign leader.

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Twitter post by @JayantBhushan1: This is unacceptable. He is our PM and must be respected on international dais like other dignitaries... Image Copyright @JayantBhushan1 @JayantBhushan1 Report

Mr Modi's arrival at the G20 was not the only one to stir up social media controversy.

When French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on Thursday he was greeted by an empty runway, as the Argentine delegation had not arrived on time to meet him.

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