After 31 years working behind the counter of Springfield’s Kwik-E-Mart (how does he still look so young?), Indian shopkeeper Apu is set to be axed from ‘The Simpsons’ following ‘racism’ controversy.
The beloved owner of the Kwik-E-Mart was the subject of Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary ‘The Problem With Apu’, which saw the comedian interview actors and comics of South Asian descent about whether they found the Indian character offensive.
Kondabolu told the New York Times that the character and his thick Indian accent was based on hurtful stereotypes.
“Everything with Apu is like this running joke,” Kondabolu also added, “the running joke is that he’s Indian.
Adi Shankar, one of the show’s producers has revealed the character will be axed during an interview with IndiWire.
“I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,”
How are they going to axe a character who has been around since 1989?
Apu has been telling people to “please come again” for years, but it looks we won’t be seeing him again anytime soon.