The Simpsons eerily predicted that 21st Century Fox would be purchased by Disney, with their new owners
When the current season concludes, The Simpsons will have logged an impressive 663 episodes since its debut in 1989.
News of Disney possibly purchasing 21st Century Fox emerged in 2017, with fans of the series immediately remembering that the 1998 episode "When You
Though the series' fate might be secured, fans are curious about how Disney will handle the animated series that never shies away from pushing buttons and boundaries, potentially in ways that might be considered too controversial for the typically wholesome conglomerate. Details about the acquisition are so uncertain at this point that fans don't even know what network the channel could land on, given Fox's ownership of various broadcasting platforms.
Arguably the most controversial element of the series in recent years stems from Apu and his stereotypical representation of Indian culture, serving as the town's convenience store clerk. The controversy surrounding the character gained steam when comedian and filmmaker Hari Kondabolu created the documentary The Problem with Apu, which highlights the Indian convenience clerk becoming the most well-known character from South Asia depicted in pop culture.
Apu is voiced by Hank Azaria, who is not of South Asian descent. If the situation called for it, he has claimed he would happily leave the role behind.
"I've given this a lot of thought, really a lot of thought," Azaria shared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. "As I say, my eyes have been opened, and I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this
Stay tuned for details on the future of The Simpsons.
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