Friday, 03 July, 2020


'The Simpsons' Will No Longer Use White Actors For BIPOC Characters

'The Simpsons' to Recast Characters of Color, 'Family Guy' Actor Stops Voicing Black Role On ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy,’ white actors step away from non-white roles, including Cleveland, Apu and Carl
Hannah Rogers | 29 June, 2020, 23:46

"The Simpsons" will no longer allow white actors voice non-white characters, CNET reported.

The issue of White actors voicing characters of color in animated series is not new.

Meanwhile, Mike Henry, the white actor who has voiced black character Cleveland Brown on FOX series' Family Guy (and spinoff The Cleveland Show), has announced he will no longer do the role.

"I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made with a system of societal white supremacy and that in me playing "Missy", I was engaging in an act of erasure of black people".

Friday's announcement will come amid a prevalent reckoning for USA pop tradition about racism subsequent mass protests this thirty day period in excess of the killings of Black Us residents by law enforcement.

TVNZ has followed United States platform Hulu in removing episodes of sitcom Scrubs in which characters appear in blackface, while 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey asked all platforms that carry that show to remove episodes portraying the same offence.

"It's been a honour to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years", he wrote.

The decision follows years of controversy regarding its portrayal of the show's Indian convenience-store owner, Apu, who was voiced by Hank Azaria for 30 years.

First came word from the producers of The Simpsons who announced that they will no longer be letting white actors voice POC characters.

The show has faced lots of criticism over the years for its Bengal-born character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. "We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it".

Bell, who played a mixed-race character called Molly in the "Central Park" series created by Apple TV+, said in a statement that the casting had undermined "the specificity of the mixed-race and Black American experience." Comedian Haru Kondabolu argued the character was problematic because he helped drive the stereotype of South Asians. Our colleagues in the The Hollywood Reporter we learn, moreover, that the actors Harry Shearer (Dr. Hibbert) and Tress MacNeille (Manjula), known to embody different characters in the show, not the double of them also now more characters of color in The Simpsons. Azaria introduced that he was stepping away from voicing the character in January.

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