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'The Simpsons' announces white actors will no longer play people of colour

'The Simpsons' announces white actors will no longer play people of colour”

First came word from the producers of The Simpsons who announced that they will no longer be letting white actors voice POC characters. Henry also provides the voice for another Black character, Cleveland's stepson Rallo Tubbs, who was a Cleveland Show regular and appears occasionally on Family Guy.

Now The Simpsons will be following suit across the board by no longer having white actors voice any characters of color from here on out.

The statement did not elaborate, but the move follows years of public pressure about the television show's Indian convenience store character Apu, who is voiced by Hank Azaria.

The state of play: One character on the show, Apu, was seen as an offensive caricature that "perpetuated ugly stereotypes about South Asians" to many Indian Americans and immigrants, the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj wrote in 2018. I enjoy this character, but people of color need to enjoy figures of color.

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Other non-white characters in "The Simpsons" who are voiced by white actors include Homer Simpson's best friend, Carl Carlson, who is also played by Azaria, and the Simpson family doctor, Dr. Hibbert, voiced by Harry Shearer. On Wednesday, Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate separately announced that they would no longer be voicing biracial cartoon characters, acknowledging white privilege had allowed them to take such roles.

Similarly, actor Mike Henry posted on social media that he was stepping down from voicing a Black character on Fox's Family Guy called Cleveland Brown.

Producers of the show made the announcement in a statement on Friday (June 26). All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something.

Mr Azaria said earlier this year that he was stepping down from the role. I believe that as white people our humanity is compromised by unconsciously or consciously perpetuating the things we say we are against. However, the Family Guy series has not yet responded nor commented on this major revamp. 'Casting a mixed race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience, ' Bell said. His decision was partially inspired by Hari Kondabolu's 2017 documentary titled The Problem With Apu. Henry also voiced the character on the spin-off The Cleveland, which aired its last episode in 2013.



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