White Actors Will No Longer Voice Non-White Simpsons Characters

The Simpsons’ Will No Longer Allow White Actors to Voice Non White Characters				50		
			Disney David Ng27 Jun 2020

Animated show "The Simpsons" is ending the use of white actors to voice characters of colour, producers said on Friday.

There was no further elaboration, and it's unclear if the characters will be recast with other actors, or if they will be written off the show, but it's a first (very slow) step.

Back at the beginning of the year, Hank Azaria chose to vacate the role of convenience store owner Apu on The Simpsons after the character became embroiled in controversy for not just encouraging stereotypes of Indian characters, but for being voiced by an actor who was white.

"The Simpsons" has been topic to heavy criticism over the previous few years on this subject, most notably over Azaria enjoying the Indian character Apu, and this assertion represents a considerable shift from the producers' historic stance on the matter. As mentioned it was in early this year that Azaria had taken the decision of not continuing to play the character of Apu anymore. It follows an announcement by several white voice actors that they no longer felt comfortable voicing their characters.

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"It's been an honour to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years", he wrote. That show's creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, wrote on Twitter about his regrets over the decision, saying he meant to "write AWAY from stereotypes and create an Asian American character who wasn't defined exclusively by her race".

On the series, Azaria also plays Carl Carlson, one of Homer's work pals, as well as the Bumblebee Man. Dr. Hibbert is voiced by Harry Shearer, who also voices Judge Snyder.

"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. "Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role". "We all feel like it's the right thing", he said at the time. However, the Family Guy series has not yet responded nor commented on this major revamp. Requires him to accomplish that intensified following the 2017 documentary "The Downside With Apu", from comic Hari Kondabolu.

The Good Place star Kristen Bell also confirmed she had quit her role in the animated series Central Park, where she voiced a mixed-race character. He's also written for the show and co-created and starred in spinoff The Cleveland Show, which ran for four seasons.

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