The Simpsons say: Goodbye, Apu. Thank you and come again?
For those of you who don’t know, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, is the Indian immigrant character who works as the manager of Springfield Kwik-E-Mart grocery store in the animated TV series the Simpsons. He has been part of the show ever since 1990.
Apu is known for his strong accent and his catchphrase “Thank you, come again!”
After more than 30 years, Apu’s character has been characterized as a controversial and racist caricature due to the stereotypical portrayal of the Indian community.
Adi Shankar, who is a Youtuber and a producer, has revealed that Apu’s character might be dropped.
However, Al Jean, the Simpson’s executive producer, has yet to confirm that Apu will be dropped from the show.
Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 28, 2018