Many viewers complained that Apu is a false and offensive image of American Indians.
Apu is the owner of the “quick and dirty” store. One of its distinguishing features is a pronounced bright Indian accent and ridiculing Indian traditions. The public resonance around the character was due to the fact that in 2017, comic Hari Kondabol devoted a documentary to the Apu Problem, in which he pointed out negative stereotypes faced by American Indians. The representative of the animated series at Fox, answering the question about the theory that Apu will be removed from the series, made a reference to the episode “My Way or Highway to Heaven”, which came out in mid-October, where Apu can be found in a scene with dozens of characters gathered around God.