Apu is being written out of ‘The Simpsons’
Wonder how this will sit with fans of The Simpsons? In case you haven’t heard, Apu will be cut out of future episodes of the long-running series.
The show has recently been criticized over Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, with viewers saying the character promotes racist stereotypes of people of Indian and Asian descent.
You first saw Apu in The Simpsons episode ‘The Telltale Head’ in 1990 (voiced by Hank Azaria).
Now, The Simpsons producer Adi Shankar said, “I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether. They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”
Shankar says dropping Apu is a mistake, “If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice. It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways. After having read all these wonderful scripts, I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.”
Remember last year comedian Hari Kondabolu hosted a documentary called “The Problem With Apu” – lots of the entertainment world shared opinions. Watch the documentary trailer below.
The Simpson dropping Apu from its cast and outta Springfield. What do you think? Good? Bad? Ugly? Necessary?