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Should Apu be written off 'The Simpsons'?

YouTuber Adi Shankar told Indiewire the producers of "The Simpsons" will allegedly write off the long-running character Apu. Shankar launched a spec script campaign to solve the "Apu Problem.” Critics find the portrayal of the character degrading to Indian-Americans, and argue the show should attempt to listen to fans by making Apu a more well-rounded character to fight Indian stereotypes. Others argue the producers should just ditch the character altogether. What do you think?

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Adi Shankar told Indiewire that he was told through the grapevine that "The Simpsons" will be writing off Apu. While this isn't 100 percent confirmed yet, he argues there's another solution to the "Apu Problem," a stereotypical Indian-American convenience store owner voiced by white actor Hank Azaria.

In April producer Adi Shankar launched a spec script contest for “The Simpsons” to solve what has become known as the show’s “Apu Problem.” The long-running character, a convenience store owner voiced by Hank Azaria, has become a controversial figure because many believe him to be an inaccurate and hurtful portrayal of Indian-Americans.
It was Shankar’s intention to crowdsource a script that “in a clever way subverts him, pivots him, writes him out, or evolves him in a way that takes a creation that was the byproduct of a predominately Harvard-educated white male writers’ room and transforms it into a fresh, funny and realistic portrayal of Indians in America.”
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Some argue that if Apu is being written off, then other stereotypical characters need to go, and that's basically the whole show.

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And others argue the producers have been backed into a corner, and eliminating the character is the only solution to ward off the P.C. police.

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If Apu's got to go, he'll be missed.

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If the rumor is true, critics argue this is a missed opportunity for the producers and writers of the show to correct their wrongs by making a more well-rounded, non-stereotypical version of the character. It's an opportunity to listen to fans and work with South Asian talent to make a better Apu.

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But one of the producers argues Shankar does not speak for the show.

But Shankar is here for the dialogue.

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