Apus time on The Simpsons is apparently over
That's at least the word of Adi Shankar. The executive producer on Netflix's Castlevania series is not working on the Fox hit, but he has been associated with the show ever since he started a contest to courmen Simpsons script, The Apus Exit would handle revision in a smart way.
Let's rewind for a minute.
The Simpsons spent the past year with setbacks from an audience that finally recognized Apu's questionable racial representation. The detrimental effects of the thick, heavily exaggerated Indian accent and stereotyped characterization of the Kwik-E-Mart owner were explored in Hari Kondabalus's documentary The Problem with Apu
around this critique in an April 201
Shankar seems to know the answer, as he reveals in an interview with IndieWire. 19659002] "I have some daunting news that I have now verified from several sources: They will completely drop the Apu character," he said. "They will not make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they'll drop it together just to avoid the controversy."
Shankar describes the news as "daunting" because his efforts led Crowdsource A fair and thoughtful treatment of Apu led to what he called the "perfect writing". But it should not be; Shankar said his sources include two people working on the series, and a third one working directly for series writer Matt Groening.
While this second-hand account attributed to anonymous sources is not confirmation, Fox did not refute Shankar's claim. Instead, the Indie Wire network simply pointed to Apu's appearance in the October 14 episode "My Way or the Highway to Heaven." He appeared there in a group recording in which a selection of characters were gathered at the feet of God.
In general, Apu's presence in the series has been weakened and virtually invisible in recent seasons. But many see this as a renunciation of responsibility.
The Simpsons created Apu and made him the racial stereotype that he is. His creation was not a deliberately malicious act, but in hindsight – as demonstrated in Kondabu's documentary – it has been shown how damaging his existence has been. It's clearly time to move forward, but it's hard to see an obvious choice for seeing Apu out of current history as something other than an attempt to sweep that chapter under the carpet.
"If you're a cultural commentary show and you're too scared to comment on the culture, especially if it's a component of the culture you had to help shape, then you're a show of cowardice," Shankar told IndieWire , "It's not a step forward, or a step back, it's just a massive step sideways."
If you are curious about the story-making approach to "fixing" Apu, developed by Shankar's best-selling author, be sure to read this interview. Even though there was little chance that The Simpsons would ever create a spec script, it is clear that this is hardly an unsolvable problem.