BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Fox says it trusts the creators of “The Simpsons” to handle the show’s depiction of Indian shop owner Apu, which has drawn fire as a racist stereotype.

Executive producer James L. Brooks and his team will handle their approach to the character in the best way for the series, Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden said Thursday.

Walden told a TV critics’ meeting that the creators treat the characters with respect.

A recent documentary, “The Problem With Apu,” triggered a wave of complaints from fellow South Asians about Apu. They said the depiction can lead to bullying and self-loathing.

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