The Simpsons will no longer let white actors voice nonwhite characters
The Simpsons has given permission to not voice white actors in the long-running animated series announced on Friday.
An email from the series stated, “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have the voice of white actors as a nonwove character”.
CNET sister site TV Guide reported that the move saw Kristen Bell retreating from playing her controversial character on Central Park, while the Cleveland Browns voice actor of Family Guy also stepped away from her role, saying “Colors K persons should play characters of color “. “
The Family Guy series did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Currently on The Simpsons, the black characters Karl Karlsson and Lou are both voiced by Hank Azaria, who also voices the South Asian character Apu Nahaspampetilon and the Japanese character Akira. However, earlier this year Azaria said he would no longer voice Apu, after a 2017 documentary criticized the racial stereotypes used to represent a South Asian character.
Dr. Julius Hibbert, a black character voiced by Harry Shearer, who is white. The South Asian character Manjula Nahasapempetilon is voiced by two different white actresses. Japanese characters Kumiko Albertson and Cookie Kawan and Cousin Tangent, characters of unspecified Asian descent, are all voiced by Trace McNeill, who is white.
The move follows a call to improve representation in the media amid the current civil rights movement. Protests against Black Lives Matter continue throughout the US and globally as people have recently demonstrated against George Floyd, Bryo Taylor, Ahmed Erby, Rashard Brooks and other victims of police vandalism, and against systemic racism.
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