The Simpsons is the newest animated present to publicly declare that it’ll not make use of white actors to voice non-white characters. The choice is available in the identical week that Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell stepped away from enjoying their biracial characters on Big Mouth and Apple TV+’s Central Park, respectively. Mike Henry, who voices the Black character Cleveland Brown on the present Household Man, additionally stepped away from his position in solidarity.
“Transferring ahead, The Simpsons will not have white actors voice non-white characters,” the collection mentioned in a brief, straight-forward assertion obtained by TV Information.
After all, this isn’t the primary time illustration has been a difficulty for The Simpsons. The long-lasting comedy was the topic of Hari Kondabolu‘s 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu, the place he known as out the present for its insensitive and stereotypical portrayal of South Asian immigrants. The Simpsons initially responded to the documentary with an episode lambasting politically appropriate tradition titled, “No Good Learn Goes Unpunished.” Nevertheless, the backlash to the response led to white actor Hank Azaria confirming he would no longer voice Apu earlier this year.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) June 26, 2020
The selections to pay extra consideration to inclusive casting comes as individuals throughout the nation are talking up about illustration within the midst of civil unrest after the loss of life of George Floyd in police custody final month. Calls are being made for widespread change throughout many areas of trade, together with Hollywood, to indicate.
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