Voice over actors have started a movement of their own, Roomies, and it looks like actor Mike Henry, who played Cleveland Brown, has just joined the party. It may surprise you how many black animated characters are voiced by white actors, but they are taking a stand and deciding to step down from their roles in light of recent events.
In an Instagram post, Mike says that while he has enjoyed his journey as Cleveland Brown on “Family Guy”, he will no longer be part of the show.
“Its been an honor to play Celebland on Family Guy for 20 years,” he says. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
Mike is not the first actor to step away from his role this week, Roomies. As we previously reported, actress Jenny Slate also abandoned her role on Netflix’s “Big Mouth”.
She was one of the first actors to announce her resignation, and gave a lengthy explanation about her voicing a black character has contributed to racism and white privilege.
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TSR STAFF: Brianne D! @beedev_ _____________________________________ #Roommates, #Netflix subscribers could not get enough when the streaming platform dropped its original series about adolescence and puberty, #BigMouth. One star of the show, #JennySlate, has made a decision she hopes will help black actors have more opportunity within the industry–she quit the show. _____________________________________ In an Instagram post, Jenny announced she would be leaving her role as Missy, one of the only black characters on the series, in order to acknowledge how her white privilege has contributed to white supremacy. _____________________________________ “I have come to the decision today that I can no longer play the character of ‘Missy’ on the animated TV show “Big Mouth”, she writes. “Missy is also black and black characters should be played by black people. I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy, and that in me playing—click the link in our bio to read more! (📸: @gettyimages)
How many of y’all were today years old when you found out Cleveland was voiced by a white character> Let us know in the comments, Roomies!
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