Argentine TV compares PM Modi with Simpsons character Apu, welcomes his arrival in G20 meet with Ring Ring Ringa song


A huge controversy on social media has erupted after it emerged that Argentina’s news channel Cronica TV demeaned Prime Minister Narendra Modi by comparing him with the famous fictional character of Indian ethnicity from the TV show The Simpsons. The news channel flashed the character of Apu as Modi’s plane touched down Buenos Aires, where he’s attending the G20 summit.

In one frame Air India plane carrying the Indian prime minister could be seen touching down the tarmac, while the other half of the TV window had Apu prominently displayed. The news flash said, “Llego Apu,” which in Spanish translates as “Apu arrives.”

If this was not enough, the channel then played the popular track Ring Ring Ringa from the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Argentine journalist Patrick Gillespie was the first one to spot the image insulting Indian prime minister. He wrote, “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.”

This was then picked up by comedian Hari Kondabolu, who wrote, “This couldn’t be true, right?”

The character Apu has been a topic of big controversy in the past after the makers of the series were accused of stereotyping Indians with their racist intention.

Modi is in Argentina to take part in G20 summit. On Friday he held talks with several leaders including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. He was also seen posing with Chinese President Xi Xinping and US President Donald Trump.

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