There has been speculation this week about whether Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, much-loved Kwik-E-Mart owner should be killed off in The Simpsons due to racial stereotyping.
Yes, he has been the victim of such and the documentary The Problem with Apu by US comedian Hari Kondabolu raises important questions.
“I think the documentary made some really interesting points and gave us a lot to think about and we really are thinking about it,” star Hank Azaria told TMZ.
“Definitely anybody that was hurt or offended by it, or by any character or vocal performance, it’s really upsetting that it was offensive or hurtful to anybody.
“I think it’s an important conversation worth having. We’re still thinking about it. It’s a lot to digest.”
28 years ago, when the series began, the rules of comedy differed to those of today.
But while some articles tease Apu may go the way of Maude Flanders, it’s hardly the best way forward.
While the rules of sitcom decree that our characters never learn (exhibit A: Homer Simpson), Apu is of much more value to the writers and audience by staying and evolving in a modern view.
As Hari Kondabolu said on social media: “Please do NOT remove Apu from The Simpsons. Killing him is lazy writing & an insult to the show’s legacy. Let him be upwardly mobile & own multiple Qwik E Marts. Let his kids talk. Plots have been repeating for years & tweaks provide tons of new stories.”
Springfield loves Apu.