October 26, 2018 / 10:27 PM GMT By Lakshmi Gandhi After a year of controversy surrounding the Apu character, the…
By Lakshmi Gandhi
After a year of controversy surrounding the Apu character, the animated animation “The Simpsons” can soon let go of the character from the show.
The Impact of the Fictional Apu Nahasapeemilon’s Impact and Sustainable Heritage (pronounced by Hank Azaria) has been discussed extensively since the debate by comedian Hari Kondabolus documentary “The Problem with Apu” in November 2017, which examined the stereotypes of Indian Americans as Apu embodied. The documentary presented several South Asian celebrities and news broadcasters, including comedian Aparna Nancherla and actor Kal Penn, as they reminded how Apu made them reflect on their own identities.
Hari Kondabolu chats with actor Kal Penn about “The Simpsons” and is a South Asian American actor in Hollywood in “The Problem with Apu.” David Scott Holloway
Social media began to sleep on Friday when IndieWire published an interview with film producer Adi Shankar, who told the place he had heard from several people near “The Simpsons” that Apu would soon be released from the animated show . While Shankar is not connected to “The Simpsons” or the Fox network, he started a contest in April, asking the creators to write scripts where the character of Apu is reimagined beyond his current depiction of a stereotype Indian immigrant.
“I” have been verified from several sources now: They will release the Apu character altogether, “Shankar told IndieWire.” They will not make a big deal out of it or something like this, but they will let go he completely avoided the controversy. “
Shankar would not draft his IndieWire interview when reached on the phone by NBC News, where he stated he would not give away his source. A Fox spokesman released a statement from “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean to NBC News, saying “Apu performed in the 10/14/18 episode” My Way “or” Highway to Heaven. “”
In response to rumors that Apu could be printed by “The Simpsons,” Kondabolu said he was not necessarily proud of. “There are so many ways to do the Apu job without getting rid of him. If it is true, he sucks “.
Since its premiere last year, Kondabolus” The Problem with Apu “has opened an extensive conversation about stereotyping, typing and the lack of comedy diversity. Azaria, who has expressed the character since” The Simpsons “debuted in 1989, told late late night host Stephen Colbert in April that he was willing to” go away “from the character.
In April,” The Simpsons “slyly tried to deal with the controversy through a storin who saw the Simpsons matriarch Marge tried to share his favorite child book with his daughter Lisa, just to realize that it was more offensive than she remembered.
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and unofficially now politically incorrect. What can you do? “Lisa asks before a photo of Apu appears on the screen.
” Some things will be dealt with later, “said Marge.
” If at all, “Lisa added.  That episode was criticized for missing the point in the conversation which began with the “Problem with Apu.”
As for Kondabolu himself, he has consistently said that he does not find the character harmful, but rather that he saw Apu as a lazy appearance of a whole culture.
“I can not find Apu-offensive, I find him annoying and insulting, “he said.” But to me it’s one: it’s wrong. Two: It’s insulting to my parents. And three: When it’s the only depiction you have, the world sees you. “
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