While the country is going through an overhaul and forcing others to recognize Black people and other people of color, it looks like some of our favorite shows are being modified, as a result. According to BuzzFeed, “The Simpsons” will no longer allow non-white characters to be voiced by white actors.
“Moving forward, “The Simpsons” will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers stated.
Essentially, characters like Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Dr. Hibbert, and Carl Carlson will no longer be voiced by white actors.
This comes five months after Hank Azaria announced he would no longer voice Apu, a recurring character whose portrayal was criticized for being very stereotypical..
Most recently, Mike Henry, white actor who voices Cleveland Brown, on “Family Guy,” announcing he was also stepping down, and his role should be played by. a person of color.
Also, 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)
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