Apu: His fate on 'The Simpsons' sparks debate

"The Simpsons" Apu
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There is a chance that The Simpsons character Apu will be taken out of the animated show due to being a stereotype, but there are conflicting statements about the situation.

While the show somewhat addressed the issue in a previous episode, not all the fans were satisfied with the show's efforts.

"I'm thinking that they (The Simpsons) are just saying that they are taking Apu off the show just to get [a] boost in ratings. I do think that Apu may not be in [the] show as much, but not off the show entirely until the show goes off the air."

The Simpsons collector Travis "Bart" McNall, who has collected 4,188 items for more than 28 years, weighed in on the issue.

"I just don't see what's the big deal about it. I really don't. The Simpsons has poked around all races before since the show began on Dec. 17, 1989," McNall said, "I'm thinking that they (The Simpsons) are just saying that they are taking Apu off the show just to get [a] boost in ratings. I do think that Apu may not be in [the] show as much, but not off the show entirely until the show goes off the air."

This is not the first time Apu has been pointed out as a stereotyped character. The Problem with Apu documentary in 2017 revolves around Hari Kondabolu, an Indian-American comedian, addressing the issues of Apu's representation toward Indian-Americans.

The Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean replied to a tweet by Adi Shankar, parody YouTuber and producer, regarding the fate of the character:

Apu of "The Simpsons"
https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-46017390

Shankar's solution to this character issue involved creating an episode on his channel from a script writing contest, whether that be removing or changing his character in any way.

What are your opinions on this issue? Is Apu too racist for your taste?

 

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