Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, is one of the iconic characters on the longest running TV show in America. But is taking him off air going to avoid controversies?
From a surname that is difficult to pronounce, to the thick accent, Apu has always been a popular character among Americans. He is an Indian immigrant proprietor who runs the Springfield Kwik-E-Mart, a popular convenience store in Springfield, and is best known for his catchphrase, “Thank you, come again.”
Over the years, he has been a part of huge controversies about racial stereotyping which has led to the writers thinking of taking him off the show. They want to avoid any more problems caused by this character. We took to the streets to know what people think should happen to this character.
Emily, 14, school student, Merthyr Tydfil
“I didn’t really think it was racist. Also I feel that I know everyone from that race doesn’t talk like that. The character should be kept in the show because he’s a major part of the show.”
Masoud, 55, retired, Cardiff
“They shouldn’t take him down, he’s doing a great job at it. It’s quite fun and many people watch it. When it comes to race I feel it’s their problem. I can’t see an issue, it’s quite normal.”
Maria, 24, postgraduate student, Cardiff
“It’s the Simpsons! It is silly because everyone offends everyone. So taking off one particular character is silly. But if it’s offending some people they need to look at how to make it funny without hurting and stereotyping. But don’t take it off because we want different cultures on there.”
Mickel, 19, sales and marketing, Leicester
“Probably yes. Because it is very racist. I mean, have you heard his voice? He is a funny character I can’t lie, but he is racist and offensive!”
Sumedha, 26, postgraduate student, India
“He shouldn’t be taken off the show because we talk about unity in diversity so shows like this talk about people from different cultures. They do generalize and offend because all Indians don’t talk like that but it would be better if an Indian did the voice over as it’ll have more authenticity”
Veysel, 27, postgraduate student, Turkey
” I think they should make the accent original and not exaggerate it. They should keep some characteristics of his nationality. Most of the TV series and movies nowadays make a joke out of nationalities and accents. People find it funny. They could find a better way to entertain people. But don’t take him off. Improve it!”