‘The Simpsons’ to drop Apu character over racism charges

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Bowing to pressure from critics who called the character a racist stereotype, producers of “The Simpsons” are said to be preparing to drop the long running character from the show.

Producer Adi Shankar confirmed to IndieWire that the news was “verified from multiple sources.”

Shankar, who does not work on the show, launched a script contest to help the show solve it’s “Apu Problem” after comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary last year, titled “The Problem with Apu,” which lead to complaints that the character perpetuated racist stereotypes of Indian-Americans.

In “The Simpsons” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is an Indian-American with a thick accent who runs the Kwik-E-Mart store in the fictional town of Springfield.

Hank Azaria, who voices the character, has said that he is willing to “step aside” from playing Apu.

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