Amidst all this news about Apu being axed from The Simpsons, a senior official from the show has suggested that it might not, in fact, be the case.
If he is leaving, though… isn’t this really more racist than his stereotype was?
If we’re to believe that Indian people are unable to laugh at themselves and the stereotypes of their own culture, aren’t we suggesting that Indians are somehow lesser than the white people who put up with all the negative white stereotypes on the show?
I know it’s been talked to death at this point, but I think it’s an important point to keep making. If Apu really is being axed, then it’s a serious step towards transforming television and popular culture.