An Argentine News Network Decides to Compare India’s Prime Minister to Apu From the Simpsons

By A.J. Katz 

The Argentine TV news network Crónica is receiving criticism for its decision to show the below graphic when India Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit.




Yes, that’s Apu, the Indian shopkeeper from The Simpsons.

The network also sampled the music from Slumdog Millionaire as background music for the Indian PM’s arrival, and flashed the words “Chiqui Chiqui Chiqui” across an image of Modi to mimic the music of the song.

Here’s Indian American comic Hari Kondabolu:

Upon the arrival of the Rwandan president Paul Kagame, Crónica TV said, “There is no auction.”

It’s true that Crónica is known in Argentina for its provocative, tabloid-like content, as the below tweet states:

Nevertheless, content like this is pretty ugly and probably shouldn’t make it onto a TV news network.