Just prior to this past weekend, producer Adi Shankar said some interesting things to the outlet IndieWire in reference to the Simpsons character Apu. Shankar had hoped to crowdsource the perfect script that would help to mitigate the racist take on Indian Americans. He seemed very excited about somehow transforming the character into someone he saw as a better representation of an Indian American immigrant.
Sadly, he had heard that all their work had been for naught, as he heard from multiple sources that “they’re going to drop the Apu character altogether. 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.” Of course, this would be sad news for Simpsons and Apu fans, but is it true?
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This is being brought into question, as Simpsons producer Al Jean has taken to Twitter to speak out against Shankar’s statements.
“Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.”
Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 28, 2018
So what does this mean? Is Apu NOT leaving the show? Sadly, we can’t really say at this point. All this statement is saying is that Shankar does not work on the show (which we knew already), and that he does not speak for them. However, that’s not to say Shankar’s comments are completely incorrect, as his claims are not directly contradicted.
But we can’t rule out the possibility that what he heard was just one potential option they may or may not pursue. What do you think? Do you think we’ll be seeing more Apu in the future? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: Al Jean