At the very recent D23 Expo 2019 in which Disney has made a display of muscle after its recent acquisitions and successes, Matt Groening, creator of ‘The Simpsons’, now under control of the Mickey Mouse company after the purchase of Fox, has revealed, finally, if Apu stays in ‘The Simpsons’ .
Apu is a character very loved by all fans of the series . He owns a badulaque, a kind of food store and, being a secondary character, he is one of those who has appeared the most in fiction throughout the thirty years he has been on the air, either starring in episodes or as an extra in alien plots.
The problem with Apu in ‘The Simpsons’
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is Indian,One of the many immigrants who have come and continue to come to the United States in search of a better future, he has his own business and, at the same time, maintains many of its traditions.
The problem with the character arose through a documentary released in 2017, ‘Apu’s problem’, by Hari Kondabolu, the American comedian of Indian descent , in which the supposed immigrant prototype that had popularized the series was emphasized. through the character.
Through interviews with other racialized public figures in the United States such as Kal Penn, Aziz Ansari, Maulik Pancholy or Whoopi Goldberg, it was made clear that the stereotypes promoted in the series did not correspond to the real image.projected by immigrants in the states.
The creator of the series settles the controversy
Apu is one of the most charismatic characters of ‘The Simpsons’ | Fox
An attendee at D23 Expo 2019 asked Matt Groening, the creator of the series, if Apu would stay on ‘The Simpsons’. The creator finally gave an answer.
“Yes. We love Apu. We’re proud of Apu,” was Matt Groening’s response, according to Variety .
Therefore, the lucubrations and rumors that have occurred in recent months are dispelled.about the continuity of the popular character in ‘The Simpsons’. Some of these rumours, such as those that Adi Shankar, showrunner of ‘Castlevania’ for Netflix, revealed last October, in which he stated that the series would eliminate Apu to forget the controversies have been proven false.
This idea (that of taking measures as drastic as eliminating characters) would collide with the traditional subversive spirit of ‘The Simpsons’ , which made a name for itself as one of the most irreverent and surprising series on television in the 90s, mocking even the marked ideological line of the chain that housed it in its programming, the conservative Fox.
Good news therefore for the followers of the series who wanted Apu not to leave ‘The Simpsons’. However, after the purchase of Fox at the hands (and portfolio) of Disney, it remains to be seen if ‘The Simpsons’ will maintain its original spirit or change to adapt to a mainstream audience, as some of the mythical sagas that have gone down in history have done. be under the control of Disney.
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