Family Guy's Mike Henry retires as voice of Cleveland Brown
Family Guy's Mike Henry retires as voice of Cleveland Brown
Family Guy: Cleveland Voice Changing — Mike Henry Leaving, Black Actor
29 June, 2020, 19:40
Both announcements come as more and more scrutiny is being directed toward animated projects that feature white actors voicing characters of color. The Simpsons have done the same thing, including Hank Azaria, who voiced Apu for years.
A white voice actor has stepped down from playing the role of a black character on Family Guy, amid racism concerns.
UPDATE: Fox on Friday released a statement announcing that The Simpsons "will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters". Tress MacNeille has also voiced Dr. Hibbert's wife Bernice and Apu's wife Manjula, along with the Asian character Cookie Kwan.
Henry has been a mainstay of the series since its debut in 1999, serving as a writer and co-producer as well as voicing several other recurring characters like Herbert and Consuela.
"It's been an honor to play Cleveland on "Family Guy" for 20 years", he wrote on Twitter.
It's unclear when exactly Family Guy's Cleveland overhaul will take effect or how far along the recasting process is.
The voice of Cleveland Brown is a unique one, and he's a character who appears much more frequently than any of the supporting characters of color on The Simpsons. "It was frankly an easy decision to make". The announcement of the voice actor stepping down from his role as Cleveland Brown arrives on the heels of a similar announcement involving Kristen Bell's role as the voice of Molly, a black character on the animated show Central Park. It's unclear whether Family Guy will do the same to their white actors losing roles.
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