Just a few months after the controversy surrounding Apu on The Simpsons, it has been revealed that the writers for the infamous TV show have chosen to write Apu out of the series. Having Apu on the show is simply too much of a headache for the writers, a source explained.
Following 30 years of including the beloved Apu, the producers have decided it would be best to get rid of him. The reasoning is that Apu, according to critics, perpetuates negative stereotypes of Indian culture.
In response, many proponents and defenders of art have proclaimed that The Simpsons’ entire premise is based on making fun of stereotypes. For instance, Homer is the stereotype of a white, working-class man.
Willy, the groundskeeper, is a stereotypical portrayal of a Scottish man, and so on and so forth. Regardless, producers have decided to get rid of the character, voiced by Hank Azaria.
Adi Shankar said that Apu would be “quietly dropped” to avoid controversy. Shankar said to IndieWire on Friday that he knew of Apu’s fate, confirming long-held rumors of his elimination.
Last April, Shankar launched a campaign to have the writers for The Simpsons transform Apu into a more accurate representation of Indians in America.
Shankar accused the show’s producers of “cowardice,” and explained that it’s a step in the wrong direction. The show’s creator, Matt Groening, has said that it’s a sign of increasingly sensitive times, where people love to pretend they’re offended by things.
These days, Groening has moved on to his Netflix series, Disenchantment, which came out on the streaming platform this year to rave critical reviews.
The “Apu Question” started when the documentary, The Problem Of Apu, came out in 2017, starring the Indian-American comedian, Hari Kondabolu. It sparked a widespread condemnation of the character, leading even Quantico star, Priyanka Chopra, to describe Apu as the “bain” of her existence as a child.
Because of the show, Hari argued, people terrorized him with Apu, frequently citing Apu’s trademark phrase, “thank you, come again.” Moreover, he wasn’t pleased that Apu was voiced by Hank Azaria, a white man.