The Simpsons Is Writing Apu Off The Show After Complaints That He’s A Negative Stereotype

October 30, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

Film producer Adi Shankar has confirmed that The Simpsons is planning to remove Apu following the recent controversy surrounding the character.

“I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” quoted Shankar to IndieWire. “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.”

Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary The Problem With Apu, which analyzed how the Simpsons character perpetuates South Asian stereotypes. “I can’t get over that ridiculous voice that’s unrealistic and goofy and the setting he’s in and the fact that there are about ten jokes that repeat themselves, like gods with multiple heads and arms, curry, the Kwik-E-Mart, go to the Himalayas,” he told me.

Kondabolu has long argued that getting rid of the character isn’t the answer. Instead, give Apu some power on the show. He’s been working tirelessly for years at the Kwik-e-Mart. Maybe it’s time for him to own a franchise of businesses? As Kondabolu told me last year:

What I think they should do is give him some upward mobility. If you’re saying satire is built in reality, there’s a lot of South Asians who run convenience stores, that’s accurate. However, they often end up owning the place, buying more of them and then employing other people. They become like little moguls. If you’re saying this is the truth. Then complete it. Let him be someone who competes with Burns. It’s been 30 years.

Shankar had previously launched a contest for a spec script to help the show solve the Apu problem, and provide a more realistic portrayal of Indian-Americans before learning about the show’s plans to quietly remove the character altogether.