Over a recent controversy and a backlash from the Indian community about the racial stereotyping of the Asian community. Maybe a result of axing the famous and much loved Simpsons Character Apu.
The problem with Apu, documentary last year was what sparked a fierce debate over his inclusion. The film made by the comedian and film maker, Hari Kondabolu. Focused on how the favorite for many series “Simpsons”. Might be stereotyping the Asian community with the character such as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
Producer Adi Shankar said to an interview with IndieWire: ‘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.’
He also added that: ‘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.’
One of the main ‘problems’ with Apu is that the character is voiced by Hank Azaria.
A white actor, who admitted his portrayal of Apu. Is actually a homage to white British actor Peter Sellers playing an Indian in the 1968 comedy The Party.
On April 8. However, The Simpsons attempted to address the accusations in its newest episode called No Good Read Goes Unpunished.
But later that month Hank Azaria said he might quit the controversial role of voicing Apu following the race row.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, the actor said he was ‘perfectly willing to step aside’ so someone else could play the Kwik-E-Mart owner.