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post Oct 28 2018, 07:37 AM
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https://www.rt.com/usa/442443-apu-simpsons-cut-show/

IMO yet another example of pandering to political correctness,

FFS, he's been in the show for THIRTY YEARS, and only now is there a problem with him?? In any case, most of the characters are based on stereotypes, whatever their race/religion/orientation...
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post Oct 28 2018, 08:20 AM
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Whoís going to run the Kwik-EMart? Assuming itís still there Iíve not watched any Simpsons since series 20.

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post Oct 28 2018, 08:41 AM
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QUOTE(gavindeejay @ Oct 28 2018, 08:20 AM) *
Whoís going to run the Kwik-EMart? Assuming itís still there Iíve not watched any Simpsons since series 20.


Apu's brother?

Of course, that'd raise the same issues... smile.gif
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post Oct 28 2018, 09:04 AM
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:/

People really do complain about the SMALLEST of issues.
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post Oct 28 2018, 09:12 AM
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Out of the two options to keep a character with rather tapped out comic potential on a show many think should have ended over a decade ago, or remove him, Iím fairly sure I know which decision gives the geriatric show more attention, especially from those whoíve long since stopped watching.

In other words, not a big creative loss but a big reminder that the show is somehow still going.
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post Oct 28 2018, 09:42 AM
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This is a bit ridiculous but then I havenít watch new Simpsons in years. Iíve got the first fourteen seasons on DVD and thatís literally all I need, donít think Iíve even watched anything after Season 16.

Apu was a great character and as many point out, the majority of the characters are Ďoffensiveí stereotypes of some sort.

There must still be a decent amount of people watching otherwise it wouldnít still be going but theyíre now too afraid to use Apu, the voice actress for Edna Krabapel is dead, the show should just end really.
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post Oct 28 2018, 09:43 AM
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Best start removing all the other "offensive stereotypes" now. Lisa and Maggie 2 handers every week from now on.
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post Oct 28 2018, 11:08 AM
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I agree with the consensus here although I do think he should be voiced by someone of an Indian ethnicity.

btw was the phrasing of dumping Apu intentional? laugh.gif
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post Oct 28 2018, 11:18 AM
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Oh lol, I didnít notice that!
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post Oct 28 2018, 03:46 PM
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QUOTE(Esmerelda @ Oct 28 2018, 09:43 AM) *
Best start removing all the other "offensive stereotypes" now. Lisa and Maggie 2 handers every week from now on.


What makes you think Lisa is free of baggage... wink.gif
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post Oct 28 2018, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE(Count Olaf @ Oct 28 2018, 11:08 AM) *
I agree with the consensus here although I do think he should be voiced by someone of an Indian ethnicity.

btw was the phrasing of dumping Apu intentional? laugh.gif



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post Oct 28 2018, 04:30 PM
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TMI x

I agree that this is ridiculous given he's a staple for one and the show is based on stereotypes and it's mocking and subversion of those is (well for the first ten seasons at least) what made it so good. If they're going to do this, they might as well dump Ned Flanders for being offensive to Christians, Grampa/Jasper/Moleman for being ageist and Marge for being a 'non-progressive' a stay at home mum while her husband works, and...well name an American or cultural stereotype that isn't covered in the show somewhere! And really The Simpsons doesn't come close to the likes of South Park etc. An easier aspect would surely be just getting an actor of Indian descent to voice him.

I should say I haven't watched new episodes of this since like 2007 so it's not like I care that much, and I understand some shows need to adapt to the times a bit more, but this seems such a non-issue for such an ultimately inoffensive show these days.
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post Oct 28 2018, 05:03 PM
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people: *get offended that a minority character is enforcing stereotypes*
Simpsonís: ok no big no more Apu
people: OMG THATíS RACIST WHEREíS THE CULTURAL REPRESENTATION

Iím sorry but what purpose does this serve? There are so many ways to solve this problem but the real problem is that none of them will work because the backlash is still there. Americaís political and social climate is so toxic these days.
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post Oct 28 2018, 06:33 PM
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Ngl, when I read this I was tempted to scream POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD in a home counties accent :') Everyone who has defended this is really clutching at straws (from what I've seen of course), all shows need to evolve but this is entirely unnecessary and as Chez points out there are other stereotypes in The Simpsons.
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post Oct 28 2018, 06:56 PM
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I think the character *should* have been voiced by an Indian actor ideally, but it's been 30 years with Apu as a huge part of the show as he is, it was a different time and he's evolved with the show. I don't think he's portrayed in *that* offensive a way, other than the stereotype of being a shopkeeper and the imitation of an accent by a white actor. But it wasn't a problem for so long and I don't think it should be, it's a case of picking your battles. There's so much more wrong being done towards ethnic minorities than a character like Apu.
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post Oct 28 2018, 06:58 PM
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I blame Brexit sad.gif
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post Oct 29 2018, 06:59 AM
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QUOTE(Pinhead @ Oct 28 2018, 06:58 PM) *
I blame Brexit sad.gif


For a decision on an *American* TV show... rolleyes.gif
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post Oct 29 2018, 07:47 AM
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QUOTE(Liаm @ Oct 28 2018, 11:56 AM) *
There's so much more wrong being done towards ethnic minorities than a character like Apu.
true, there are a billion other things wrong with the world to spend energy on than to waste it on changing a f*cking 80ís cartoon

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post Oct 29 2018, 07:51 AM
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-46017390

Apparently it might not be true.


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