Published On: Sat, Oct 27th, 2018

Social Justice Warriors and politically correct activism wins as ‘The Simpsons’ will dump Apu

The Simpsons may drop beloved character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon after a prolonged attack on the animated Indian convenience store owner over the past year for the stereotypes it propagates.

In an interview with IndieWire, film producer Adi Shankar claimed he’s heard from several people close to the popular cartoon show that the character would be dropped.

“I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” Shankar told IndieWire. “They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”

Fox hasn’t released a statement regarding Apu or confirmed the rumor.

Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean said in a statement to NBC: Apu appeared in the 10/14/18 episode ‘My Way or the Highway to Heaven.'”

Apu was the subject of a documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu, titled “The Problem With Apu.” Released in November 2017, the documentary featured comedian Aparna Nancherla and actor Kal Penn complaining about how Apu represented Indian-Americans.

Since the documentary, a sustained campaign against the character has taken place. Hank Azaria, who voices Apu, said he would “step aside

In May, Matt Reiss, the only original writer still at the show, told Vanity Fair that the show dealt with the Apu problem back in 2016 episode, with the episode “Much Apu About Something,” and the character has “barely had a line in the past three seasons.”

Shankar believes the decision to yank the Apu character and avoid the controversy is a mistake, especially for a show known for its social satire.

“If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice,” said Shankar. “It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways. After having read all these wonderful scripts, I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.”

So will The Simpsons following the failure of other Hollywood social justice targets: “Get woke, go broke”?

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