Apu the longtime Kwik-E-Mart owner on The Simpsons is closing up shop.
A popular character will be written out of the long-running animated series “The Simpsons” after some viewers complained of it being a racially insensitive caricature.
Does this mean the Kwik-E-Mart will go out of business? For nearly three decades, Apu was the Indian manager of this local convenience store in the show’s fictional town.
Controversy started to brew last year with Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu. It condemned the show’s use of stereotypical mannerisms and lifestyle of Indians from South Asia.
“The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening rebuked the controversy, disagreeing that Apu was a stereotype: “I’m proud of what we do on the show. It’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”
Hank Azaria, the voice behind Apu, was much more receptive though. He told late night host Stephen Colbert that he would be “perfectly happy and willing to step aside,” adding, “listening to voices means inclusion in the writer’s room. I really want to see Indians, South Asian writers in the room. Not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take. Including how it is voiced, or not voiced.”
Film and TV producer Adi Shankar also attempted a campaign earlier this year to solve the show’s “Apu Problem” by crowdsourcing a script that he hoped Fox would produce.
Original Source: Citizen Truth
My Thoughts on This Citizen Truth Story
I know, I know, as Christians we are supposed to be compassionate, but seriously, The Simpsons have been on the air for what seems like forever and now somebody has a problem with the character Apu? Really? Is this where our society is? Are we really raising children that become such thin-skinned adults that a cartoon character can be found offensive?
First, let me just ask, is it a stereotype when so many gas stations/convenience stores are Indian owned? Sure, not every single one, but it’s a pretty big number in my experience.
Second, I know it’s about the voice and the mannerisms, but if we are going to be offended by everything shouldn’t every fat white guy in America or the world be offended by Homer? What about every wife that married a Homer? Should they be offended by Marg?
Third, why is it that every race except Caucasian gets to be offended by a stereotype or something, anything they want? Are we really just a bunch of little immature children that cannot take a joke and get upset every single time something isn’t exactly how we would like?
Finally, I am about sick of opening the news on a daily basis to find someone being offended by something stupid. Really? Apu from The Simpsons is offensive? What about Cleveland from Famly Guy? Is he next?
As a Christian, this doesn’t relate to faith much, but seriously, as a society, do we have to be offended by every single little thing? I agree with this quote from the original article:
Shankar was disappointed: “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,” he said. “It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways. I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.”
We are letting the whiners of the world take over because they find everything offensive these days. This sounds like it was started by someone looking for an easy payday or something to complain about. Seriously, if you’re one of those that are easily offended by everything, STOP! It’s time to grow up and find something better to do with your life than becoming offended by a cartoon character.