‘The Problem With Apu’ Documentarian Speaks Out About Rumored Plans For The ‘Simpsons’ Character

Rumors have been swirling around the departure of the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from the cast of the long-running show The Simpsons. It seems there is plenty of confusion, and at the center is the creator of the documentary The Problem with Apu, writer and comic Hari Kondabolu, 

The rumors began when YouTuber and producer Adi Shankar said he found the perfect script to solve the racial stereotyping of the Apu character but, when he presented the script, he was told they were getting rid of the character.

Shankar told IndieWire:

“I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: 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.

“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. 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.”

After this news came out, people began tweeting Kondabolu and blaming him for the demise of the character. 

Kondabolu took to Twiiter, in the way comics do. 

There was a lot of anger misdirected at Kondabolu.

Many people understood the nuance of Kondabolu’s documentary.

Now, however, the showrunner for The Simpsons, Al Jean, has come forward to say there are no plans to cut the character of Apu.

Jean tweeted:

 “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.”

Then the hate flipped from Kondabolu to Shankar.

And then, to double down on the racism, there was this. 


Here’s the official trailer for The Problem With Apu.

And we come full circle. Do we see the problem now?

H/T:  Variety, UpRoxx