The Simpsons will cease letting white actors voice nonwhite characters, the long-running animated collection introduced Friday.
“Shifting ahead, The Simpsons will now not have white actors voice nonwhite characters,” the collection mentioned in an emailed assertion.
CNET sister website TV Information identified that the transfer follows Kristen Bell stepping down from enjoying her biracial character on Central Park, whereas the voice actor of Household Man’s Cleveland Brown has additionally stepped away from his function saying “individuals of shade ought to play characters of shade.”
The Household Man collection did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
At present on The Simpsons, Black characters Carl Carlson and Lou are each voiced by Hank Azaria, who additionally voices South Asian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Japanese character Akira. Azaria, nevertheless, mentioned earlier this yr he would now not voice Apu, following backlash after a 2017 documentary criticized the racial stereotypes used to symbolize a South Asian character.
Dr. Julius Hibbert, a Black character, is voiced by Harry Shearer, who’s white. South Asian character Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon has been voiced by two separate white actresses. Japanese character Kumiko Albertson and Cookie Kwan and Cosine Tangent, characters of unspecified Asian descent, are all voiced by Tress MacNeille, who’s white.
The transfer follows calls to enhance illustration in media amid the present civil rights motion. Black Lives Matter protests proceed throughout the US and globally as individuals show in opposition to the latest killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and different victims of police brutality, and in opposition to systemic racism.
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