Followers of The Simpsons know him all too well. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian-American owner of the Kwik-E-Mart. Recently came across the character under fire because of the stereotype that it brings about people of Indian and Asian origin. Last weekend was the rumor launched that The Simpons character would drop. Al Jean, one of the authors of the popular series, insists, however, that Adi Shankar, the news spread, “not in the name of the show speaks”.
Apu first appeared in the episode ‘The Telltale Head’ from 1990, Hank Azariah as a voice actor. But the last time was the stereotypical character more and more under fire. Appeared last year in the documentary ‘The Problem with Apu’, which includes Whoopi Goldberg her say did about the problem.
When the creators of The Simpsons in the episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished,” the issue itself is treated, took the criticism further. Lisa Simpson says there, inter alia, that “something that dozens of years ago, and praised as innocent, now suddenly politically incorrect. What can you do about it?”
In an interview with IndieWire last week, told animator Adi Shankar on his efforts to make a script to find that the ‘Apu problem” could solve. But, as he said, the script would be rejected, and the character would be completely out of the show written.
“I’ve checked with multiple sources: they will see the Apu character drop,” says Shankar. “They will be there is not too much publicity, but they will take him out of the series due to the controversy out of the way to go.”
Simpsons writer Al Jean dissociates himself, however, from the rumors. On Twitter, he wrote that “Adi Shankar is no producer of The Simpsons. He speaks not in the name of the show.”