“The Simpsons'” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has been one of hot debate.
The documentary “The Problem With Apu” which looked at the negative impact the character had on South Asians started the conversation if it was time for the long-running comedy to retire the Kwik-E Mart clerk.
Now that Disney owns “The Simpsons”, producers of the show had the chance to address the rumours during the D23 Expo.
Executive prouder Matt Selman said on Sunday, “I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format.”
When a young fan asked creator Matt Groening if Apu would be staying, he replied, “Yes. We love Apu. We’re proud of Apu.”
EP Al Jean, who said that he watched the documentary, previously spoke about how they would deal with the culturally insensitive character.
“Some people are offended by the character and I take that very seriously,” Jean said last year. “Others really love the character. It’s a difficult choice. I don’t want to offend people but we also want to be funny. We don’t want to be totally politically correct. That has never been us. It’s given us a lot of thought.”
All the episodes from the past 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will be available on the new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12.