Over the last year, one aspect of The Simpsons picked up a lot more negative publicity than anything else, and that’s the apparently problematic character, Apu.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu made a documentary called The Problem with Apu which explored that negative connotations involved with a stereotypical Southern-Asian character written and performed largely by white men.

The issue gained a lot of traction and coverage, and ultimately the people at The Simpsons decided to pull the plug on the long-running character, with producer Adi Shankar saying that the show will “drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy“.

It’s a shame and when I heard the news, I was genuinely a bit sad, but then I remembered I’ve not watched a new episode of The Simpsons in over ten years and I’m all for the series ending altogether… so I got over it fairly fast.

With all of that said, however, legendary Simpsons showrunner and writer, Al Jean, has responded to the claims made by Shankar.

The response was textbook passive-aggressiveness, as he wished him well but ultimately said he’s a talking sh*t, saying:

“Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show”

Adi saw the response, and in turn made his own to Jean:

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.”

Honestly, the sentiment of Adi’s response is lost on me but I think he’s asking for some kind of progress on the Apu situation?

As Adi previously had it, he was crowdsourcing an idea for an episode of The Simpsons which would solve the Apu issue, and hoped Fox would make it. However he then found out from multiple sources that his idea couldn’t be used as Apu was to be dropped from the show altogether.

It’s a confusing situation but by the looks of things, Apu is going, Al Jean just didn’t want Shankar speaking for The Simpsons team.

But hey, I keep blowing this trumpet – just cancel The Simpsons. It’s done.

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