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A solution to ‘The Simpsons’ Apu problem?

Lately, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Apu, the Indian-American character he voices on ‘The Simpsons.’

Hank Azaria spoke out a few weeks ago on Stephen Colbert that he would be willing to step down as the voice of Apu in The Simpsons.

Adi Shankar is an Indian-American film producer and YouTube personality. He has just launched a screenwriting competition that gives you the opportunity to write an episode of The Simpson. The episode has to be centered around Apu in a way that “subverts him, pivots him, intelligently writes him out, or evolves him in a way that takes a mean-spirited mockery and transforms him into a kernel of truth wrapped in funny insight aka actual satire.

Adi Shankar will take the winning script to The Simpsons writers’ room and Fox Broadcasting Company, to make it an official episode of The Simpsons’ upcoming season, and recommend that they hire the winning writer into their room for the next season.

  • The Simpsons are sick and this contest is crowdsourcing the cure.
  • Adi Shankar is running a screenwriting contest open to all humans.
  • We are looking for a screenplay centering on the character “Apu” set in the world and cannon of The Simpsons that takes the character of Apu and in a clever way subverts him, pivots him, intelligently writes him out, or evolves him in a way that takes a mean-spirited mockery and transforms him into a kernel of truth wrapped in funny insight aka actual satire. This contest is open to people of all ethnicities and cultures, however, if you don’t have any experience with Indian culture in America then you may not have the perspective and experience to write well on this topic.
  • Cost of entry is free, and the jury is made of South Asians and other minorities who work in entertainment.
  • Your script should be 21-23 minutes/pages as that is the length of an episode of The Simpsons.

Showrunner/Producer Adi Shankar will take the winning script to The Simpsons writers’ room and Fox Broadcasting Company, to make it an official episode of The Simpsons’ upcoming season, and recommend that they hire the winning writer into their room for the next season. If The Simpsons writers’ room rejects the episode then Adi Shankar will finance the winning script and produce it as an unofficial fan film that looks identical to an official Simpsons episode as entry #7 in his Bootleg Universe which includes other video street art exhibits such as Power/Rangers, Mr. Rogers: A War Hero, Venom: Truth in Journalism, and The Punisher: Dirty Laundry. 

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