Long-Term Simpsons Character Could Be Killed Off
For 29 seasons and a whopping 28 years we have been watching The Simpsons on TV and, over that time, we have come to know the world of Springfield very well.
And when the writers bring about a storyline that kills off one of the beloved characters, it hits hard.
So far, The Simpsons creators have only decided to give minor characters the shaft. Think Maude Flanders or more recently, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, the father of Krusty the Clown.
The documentary 'The Problem With Apu' was created by comedian and child of Indian immigrants, Hari Kondabolu, and aired last month.
Obvs it refers to Springfield's infamous Kwik-E-Mart owner and Indian immigrant, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
"I spent a lot of time revisiting Apu episodes," said director Michael Melamedoff.
"Of course, the character has moments of real wit and insight, because the writing team at The Simpsons was great. But a lot of those moments are also blanketed by very cheap jokes that come at the expense of South Asian culture and South Asian experiences."
The star of the documentary, Hari Kondabolu has also said that for the past 30 years he has been "taunted" by the way that the show portrays Apu.
"Everything with Apu is like this running joke," he said to the NY Times. "And the running joke is that he's Indian."
Hank Azaria, the voice of Apu, is the one who hinted that the creators might be considering killing off his character with the suggestion that changes are coming.
Speaking to TMZ, Azaria said that the documentary had made some "interesting" comments about racial stereotyping and that there is now a "lot to digest".
"[To hear that] anybody that was hurt or offended by any character or vocal performance is really upsetting, that it was offensive or hurtful to anybody," he said.
So while for 28 years Apu has been saying 'Thank you, come again' to all of his customers, The Simpsons' might actually be saying 'Thank you, but goodbye' to one of their most iconic characters.