‘Castlevania’ Producer Wants You To Fix Apu On ‘The Simpsons’

‘The Simpsons’ addresses Apu stereotype criticism
Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem with Apu,” which debuted last November, explored the character as a negative, stereotypical representation of South Asians.
Nahasapeemapetilon, a Indian-American character with a thick accent, operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield. The show recently aired a response to complaints about him.
The man who voices the character, Hank Azaria, is not of Asian heritage and recently said he is willing to cease portraying Apu.
Hank Azaria willing to ‘step aside’ from playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons
The actor, who voices multiple characters on “The Simpsons,” also made a pitch for more diversity on the long-running animated show.
“I really want to see Indian, South Asian writer, 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,” Azaria said. “I’m perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what ‘The Simpsons’ does and it not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me.”
That would be in line with what Shankar seems to be trying to do.
According to the site, he “will take the winning script to The Simpsons writers’ room and Fox Broadcasting Company, to make it an official episode of The Simpsons’ upcoming season, and recommend that they hire the winning writer into their room for the next season.”
“If The Simpsons writers’ room rejects the episode then Adi Shankar will finance the winning script and produce it as an unofficial fan film that looks identical to an official Simpsons episode,” according to the site.
The idea has created buzz on social media.
Even rapper Kanye West tweeted a link to the contest and a video of Shankar talking about Apu.
A rep for the show offered no comment on the contest when reached by CNN.
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening recently told USA Today that he didn’t have many thoughts on the criticism of Apu being a stereotype.
“I’m proud of what we do on the show,” he said. “And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”

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