‘The Simpsons’ ends white actors voicing characters of color

Sun, 2020-06-28 09:48

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

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.

The character has long been seen as problematic and conveying
racist stereotypes. Last January Azaria announced that, in
agreement with producers, he was abandoning the role.

“Moving forward, THE SIMPSONS will no longer have white actors
voice non-white characters,†Fox Studios said in a statement to

The change will also affect the character of Dr. Hibbert, a
Black man dubbed by the white actor Harry Shearer who also lends
his voice to many other characters on the series – from Homer
Simpson’s boss Mr. Burns to the chirpy neighbor Ned Flanders.

The announcement came as Mike Henry, the white actor who voices
the Black character of Cleveland Brown in “Family Guy,†another
animated series produced by Fox, announced on Twitter that he was
giving up the role.

“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20
years. I love this character, but persons of color should play
characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the
role,†he wrote.

Americans are in the midst of a reckoning on systemic racism and
discrimination ignited by the death of George Floyd, an African
American man, in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

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