I haven't watched many new episodes of The Simpsons, and I don't know if they have a lot left in the tank, but perhaps a more sensitive approach will be used with the character. Hank Azaria seems to be sympathetic.
There's a conversation about this in one of the earlier season DVD commentary tracks, they admit that the initial conception of Apu is genuinely stereotypical, but that they've gone on and added depth and growth to the character throughout the years and as such he isn't just a one-note stereotype.
Originally posted by It's FalseThe Simpsons? Filled with stereotypes?
It was jarring after the first few minutes where, from the wardrobe and set design, it seemed like the show was set in the 1950s, and then all of a sudden there are iPhones and iPods and a gaggle of hot, modern high school girls. (Mastur Bates Motel? Heh....