After Apu Controversy Simpsons’ Producer Says We’ll Still Be Hearing That “Thank You, Come Again” Line In The Popular TV Show
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is one of the most well-known from the Simpsons and has been a series regular since the 8th episode of the first season. Despite the love that a great deal of people feels for the character, some say they have a problem with Apu.
There has been a rise in the number of people who’ve spoken out about why they found the character offensive. It all started with a documentary film called “The Problem with Apu,” in which comic Hari Kondabulu spoke about why the character was racist and interviewed others of the same opinion.
With this fueling, the social fire of people trying to remove Apu from television altogether, producer Adi Shankar claimed to have gathered information from production staff at that the Indian-American cartoon character would be gone for good.
Shankar had hosted a contest for people to send in ending scripts for the Apu character he said would “likely be used.” These were all unfounded claims he made in an interview with the website IndieWire.
Al Jean, one of the only original writers still on the Simpsons’ staff, said in a tweet both about the script contest and Apu leaving, “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the best but he does not speak for our show.”
To reinforce that the Indian-American Springfield resident is probably staying, Apu was featured most recently in an episode titled “My Way or the Highway to Heaven” which aired October 14.
Hank Azaria, the Caucasian actor who has voiced Apu since his introduction had this to say about the whole controversy:
“The Simpsons over the years has been pretty humorously offensive to all manner of people: Republicans, Brazilians, presidents… you name it, and they take a lot of pride over there in not apologizing for any of that. I think, over the years, they’ve done a really good job of being, shall we say, uniformly offensive without being outright hurtful.”