Thursday, 02 July, 2020

'The Simpsons' to Stop Having White Actors Voice Non-White Characters

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			Disney David Ng27 Jun 2020 The Simpsons’ Will No Longer Allow White Actors to Voice Non White Characters 50 Disney David Ng27 Jun 2020
Adrian Cunningham | 29 June, 2020, 23:46

As a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, the show is taking another step toward change with Fox announcing on Friday that there will no longer be white actors voicing non-white characters.

In addition to "Family Guy", which has aired since 1999, Henry played Cleveland in a Fox spinoff called "The Cleveland Show" from 2009 to 2013.

The statement from the show producers did not say whether Apu or other characters would remain on the series.

Following weeks of protests around the world focused on the injustices of black people, several white voice actors will no longer be voicing the animated characters they made famous, making way for actors of colour to voice them instead.

Azaria stated previously this 12 months that he would no longer engage in the character, which has been criticized as a unfavorable portrayal of South Asian-People.

His death has sparked an worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, which has seen the "cancellation" of many controversial portrayals of people of colour in the entertainment industry.

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Apu, an Indian character in "The Simpsons", has been the source of controversy for years over its racial stereotyping.

Americans are in the midst of a reckoning on systemic racism and discrimination ignited by the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May. All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something. "As a result, I will be stepping down from the job", Henry explained on Twitter on Friday.

A number of white actors have recently announced that they will step back from voicing non-white characters on animated shows.

Slate, who voiced Missy on Netflix's show "Big Mouth" also stepped down, writing in a statement that she was "engaging in an act of erasure of Black people" by playing the role, according to the New York Times. Cleveland has been a series regular since the earliest days of Family Guy, and was even popular enough to merit a spin-off that last for four seasons, starting in 2009.

The character, who is a convenience store owner with a comedic nature, can be seen as a racist stereotype.

The Good Place star Kristen Bell also confirmed she had quit her role in the animated series Central Park, where she voiced a mixed-race character.