Simpsons Will 'No Longer' Have White Actors Play Non-White Characters

Brenda Watkins
June 27, 2020

"It's been an honour to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years".

"We're so excited to move forward", Gad said in an interview with NBC's Today.

Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show's main African American character because "persons of color should play characters of color".

Slate said she initially reasoned that she could play her character, because Molly's mother is Jewish and white, just like her mom.

The decision includes a recurring character from the series, launched in 1989 - Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a grocer of Indian origin voiced in the American version of the show by white actor Hank Azaria.

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The Simpsons will no longer use white actors to dub ethnic minority characters, the producers of the long-running animated series announced on Friday.

The announcement comes in the wake of two other animated series recasting mixed-race who had been voiced by white actors: Jenny Slate on Big Mouth and Kristen Bell on Central Park.

Bumbling Homer Simpson, housewife Marge, troublemaker Bart, prodigy Lisa and baby Maggie, have captured the changing face of America for more than 30 years in the longest-running scripted show on U.S. television. "Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role", Henry said. "Going off social media now until next wave of death threats pass". The white actor Harry Shearer has played Dr Hibbert, who is Black.

The producers behind the show issued a statement Friday saying that from now on, its characters of colour will be voiced by actors of colour only.

"I recognize that by voicing these roles, I have taken away roles from People of Color and in doing so, have been part of the problem", he said. Racism impacts our ability to be truly empathetic to what is happening to all People of Color, especially Black people, because racism keeps us from seeing ourselves in them.

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