It should never have been allowed to get to this stage – and it didn’t have to.
The Simpsons is reportedly set to drop the Indian character of Apu from the show, after it was accused of racial stereotyping. Earlier this week, Adi Shankar, a vocal critic of Apu’s portrayl, said he had been told the show wouldn’t be continuing with Apu’s storyline in future episodes.
But Al Jean, who has worked on The Simpsons since its beginning 29 seasons ago, implied that wasn’t necessarily so, tweeting that Shankar doesn’t represent the show – to which Shankar suggested “ignoring only fans the flames.”
I wish you well too. Let’s work towards common ground. Ignoring only fans the flames. The world is polarized & getting more so, and the onus is on us to bring people together. Engage in a constructive way and this matter will go to bed. I see you, now I’m asking you to see me.
— Adi Shankar (@adishankarbrand) October 29, 2018