Apu may not have had a line up for over a year The Simpsons but that does not prevent a Hollywood producer from solving the much-discussed problem with Apu.
Producer Adi Shankar, known for Castlevania told IndieWire that he has found a perfect story that he will solve the problematic depiction of the Indo-American character Apu on The Simpsons after launching an open competition for humans to write a specification script, Apu develops "in a way that demands a mockery and turns it into a true kernel of truth."
Shankar tells EW what he hoped to accomplish on Friday
"Apu's offensive because he is a by-product of a white man's writing room and makes fun of how a billion people sound and behave," says Shankar , "They call it satire, but it's not The jokes around Apu have no truth, they're ridicule."
The debate about Apu ignited when The Simpsons after the TruTV documentary The problem with Apu at the heart of a controversy stand by comedian Hari Kondabolu argued that Apu was a damaging cliché of the South Asian population. In an April episode of The Simpsons Lisa said: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and harmless is now politically incorrect What can you do?" Before the shot was panned onto her bedside table, where there is a framed, signed photo of Apu with the headline saying, "Have no cow," which many, including Kondabolu, dismissed the problem. (Marge then said, "Some things will be dealt with later," to which Lisa added, "If at all.")
Shankar says that two of his three close-to-production people have recently been told the work for The Simpsons that Apu is eliminated from the show. A representative for Fox did not e-mail EW to see if Apu would be removed, but sent a statement from The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean: "Apu appeared in the episode on Oct. 1
In this episode, Apu has been shown in a large setting alongside God with dozens of other characters, Apu has not spoken in the series for over a year.
In an interview with EW last month Jean was vague when he was asked about the show's plans for Apu. The Simpsons Creator Matt Groening, said earlier, "I love the character and it makes me sick that other people are doing badly. But on the other hand it is now spoiled – the conversation, there are no nuances for the conversation. "Hank Azaria, who speaks the character, said he would be willing to step back and allow an Indian actor to say Apu. [196592002ShankarsagtdassseinWettbewerbHundertevonEinsendungenerhaltenhatundvonihmundachtanderensüdasiatischenLeutenvondenendiemeisteninderFilmindustriearbeitenbeurteiltwurdeDerpreisgekrönteBeitragwurdevoneinemindisch-amerikanischenArztausMarylandVishaalBuchverfasstdereineGeschichteüberApusVerbreitungseinesGeschäftsimperiumseinreichteundAuftrittevonvielenanderenIndianerninderGeschäfts-undTechnologieweltvorführte
" One of the problems with Apu was that he really an erroneous Plan was that had a domino effect that was quite far-reaching, "says Shankar." The way to solve the problem is not just taking the blueprint and ripping it up and rebooting … you can not do it because the blueprint exists in people's minds. Vishaal was effectively able to modify the [Apu] design and improve it by adding authenticity.
Shankar noted that the contest and the resulting script became an "olive branch" to The Simpsons was at least one solution that could help develop the character of Apu. But if The Simpsons team is not interested in working together, adding to Shankar that he would make the episode himself within the next year as part of his bootleg universe, producing short, one-off episodes of popular franchises he says he would turn to the Indian-American personalities who wrote the book in his screenplay to see if they would comment, and he also wants a celebrity musician, like his good friend Kanye West (who tweeted his support for the contest) (19459003) The Simpsons theme song
Shankar offered a taste of what the episode could look like in a short clip and feel he was in animated form compiled to confront Apu about his stereotypes representation when the screenplay competition is launched.
The goal, Shankar hopes, is, "to be recognized only." "We want to have a conversation and be a part of that conversation, there's a billion of us [South Asians] on the planet, do not let us go," he says.