AFTER months of controversy surrounding the racial treatment of beloved Apu, character of the Simpsons, one of the producers of the program has revealed that the character will be annulled.
"I have verified from multiple sources now: they are going to abandon the character of Apu completely",
Producer Adi Shankar has told IndiWire.
"They will not make a big problem with that, or anything like that, but they will abandon it altogether just to avoid controversy," Shankar said.
The popular program was criticized for its portrait of the convenience store Kwik-owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who first appeared on the show in 1990.
The critique of Apu's character first emerged in November 2017 with the premiere of the documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu. The problem with Apu.
Kondabolu said the character and his thick Indian accent were based on hurtful stereotypes.
"Everything with Apu is like this joke," Kondabolu told the New York Times. "And the joke is that he is Indian."
At the beginning of this year, The Simpsons He addressed the racial controversy surrounding the character in a brief scene from an episode that was described as a "slap in the face".
The producers of the show slipped into a scene with Lisa and Marge Simpson, who is reading an updated version of The princess in the garden that was edited to be acceptable by 2018.
At one point, Lisa turns to the camera and says: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?"
Lisa then looks at a picture of Apu with the slogan "Do not have a cow!" Written on it
"Some things will be discussed at a later date," says Marge.
"In any case," replies Lisa.
The episode tried to solve the problem, but it met with more controversy.
"Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive now is politically incorrect … What can you do?" pic.twitter.com/Bj7qE2FXWN
– Soham (@sohamberlamps) April 9, 2018
Shankar sees the decision to make a mistake with Apu, saying: "If you are a program about cultural comments and you are too afraid to comment on culture, especially when it is a component of the culture that you contributed to create, they are a spectacle of cowardice" .
"It's not a step forward, or a step back, it's just a massive step to the side."