White actors will no longer voice non-white characters on 'The Simpsons'

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Last week, actresses Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate stepped down from their roles as biracial characters on animated series Central Park and Big Mouth, respectively. "Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role", Henry wrote.

Henry, who is white, has played the voice of the black character since 1999 - back when syrup didn't need trigger warning, and woke mobs weren't hyper-focus on censoring movies from 1940. I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour.

The announcement from the producers of "The Simpsons" followed shortly after Henry's statement.

In January, Azaria announced he would stop voicing Apu after 30 years playing the thickly accented Indian-American character.

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United States animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say.

Slate said she initially reasoned that she could play her character, because Molly's mother is Jewish and white, just like her mom. "Going off social media now until next wave of death threats pass".

That will affect characters such as Dr Julius Hibbert, voiced by Harry Shearer, and Homer's friend Carl, voiced by Hank Azaria.

The Simpsons won't have any repeats of Hank Azaria voicing Apu.

The producers' statement did not say whether Apu or the other characters would remain on the series. "We all feel like it's the right thing", he said at the time. 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. "But I went too far in the other direction".

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