Apu may not have had a row for over a year on The Simpsons but it does not prevent a…
Apu may not have had a row for over a year on The Simpsons but it does not prevent a Hollywood producer from trying to solve the much debated issue of Apu.
Producer Adi Shankar, known for Castlevania told IndieWire that he has found a perfect story that he knows will solve the problematic image of Indian-American character Apu on The Simpsons after that he launched an open competition for people to write a specscript that would develop Apu “in a way that takes a medium-sized shine and transforms him into a truth core that is intricate in a calm insight.”
With regard to EW on Friday, Shankar explains what he hoped to achieve with his contest.
“Apu is offensive because he is a byproduct of a white man’s writer room who denies what they think one billion people sound and act like,” says Shankar. “They call it satire, but it’s not. Apu’s joke has no truth, they are beautiful.”
The Apu debate was ignored when The Simpsons were in the middle of a controversy last season after TruTV documentary The problem with Apu by comedian Hari Kondabolu argued that Apu is a harmful stereotype of South Asian people. In an April episode of The Simpsons Lisa said, “Something that started decades ago and became applauded and unofficially, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” Before the shot pushed on his bedside table, where a framed sign Photo of Apu is written with the title “Do not have a cow”, as many, including Kondabolu, were interpreted as termination of problems. (Marge then said, “Some things will be dealt with later,” as Lisa added: “If at all.”)
Shankar says that he had recently been told by three people close to production, two of who work for The Simpsons as Apu eliminated from the show. A Fox representative did not comment by email to EW if Apu was to be removed, but sent a statement from Simpsons executive producer Al Jean: “Apu appeared in the 1
0/14/18 section” My Way or the Road ” to heaven “”
In that passage, Apu was shown in a wide shot that stood beside God with dozens of other characters. Apu has not spoken a line in the show for over a year.
In an interview with EW last month, Jean was vague when asked about the show’s plans for Apu. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening said earlier: “I love the character, and it makes me bad that makes other people bad. But on the other hand, it’s dirty now – the conversation, there is no nuance for the conversation now. “Hank Azaria, who expresses the character, said he would be willing to go down and let an Indian actor vote for Apu.  Shankar says that his contest received hundreds of posts and was judged by himself and eight other South Asian people, most of whom work in the film industry. The winning record was written by an Indian-American Maryland doctor, Vishaal Buch, who left a story about Apu that expanded the company’s empire and featured appearances by many other Indian Americans in the business and technology world.
“One of the Problems with Apu was that he really was an erroneous drawing that had a domino effect that was quite extensive,” says Shankar. “The way to solve the problem is not just taking the drawing and shredding it and restarting it … you can not do it because there is a plan in people’s minds. Vishaal could effectively change the drawing and improve it by adding to authenticity. “
Shankar notes that the competition and the resulting script were an” olive branch “to The Simpsons who offered them at least one solution that could help develop the Apu character. However, if The Simpsons team is not interested in collaborations, Shankar adds that he would only do the episode himself in the next year, as part of his Bootleg Universe, which produces short, one-off sections of popular franchises. He says he would reach out to the Indian-American personalities Buch incorporated in his script to see if they would vote for themselves, and he also wanted an outstanding musician, such as his good friend Kanye West (who tweeted his support for the competition),
Shankar offered a taste of how the episode could look and feel in a short clip he compiled by himself in an animated form that confronted Apu with his stereotypical depiction when starting the script.
The goal Shankar hopes is to “only be acknowledged.” “We want a conversation and be part of that conversation. There are one billion of us [South Asians] on the planet, do not dismiss us,” he says.