Simpsons: White actors will no longer voice non-white characters

Simpsons: White actors will no longer voice non-white characters

It follows an announcement by several white voice actors that they no longer felt comfortable voicing their characters.

That it took The Simpsons a little extra time to catch on and impose a change is no surprise.

Apu, an Indian character in "The Simpsons", has been the source of controversy for years over its racial stereotyping. The documentary explored how people of South Asian descent felt about growing up with Apu as one of their only representatives on American television.

Azaria later that month told the host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that he'd be happy to step aside from Apu and disagreed with how the show handled the criticism.

The debate over white actor Hank Azaria being the voice of Simpsons' character Apu, who is Indian, lasted for two years following Hari Kondabolu's documentary The Problem With Apu before Azaria announced in January that he would, after 30 years, no longer be playing the role.

"Black Lives Matter protests continue across the United States and globally as people demonstrate against the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and other victims of police brutality, and against systemic racism".

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Hollywood studios have been working overtime in recent weeks to crack down on content that might be deemed offensive or racist in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests that continue to take place in cities across the country.

Mr Azaria - who provides the voice of other characters, including black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man - said he found it "very upsetting to me personally and professionally" that anyone felt marginalised because of Apu. Harry Shearer has performed Dr. Hibbert, who is Black. "But I went too far in the other direction".

Soon after, a joint statement from Josh Gad and Kristen Bell, the co-creator and star of Apple TV+ animated comedy Central Park revealed that white actor Bell would no longer be voicing the biracial character of Molly on the show.

There are big changes to the production of popular animated series The Simpsons, and they might have predicted this happening too.

Mr Henry provided the voice of black character Cleveland Brown in the animated series Family Guy for 20 years. However, the Family Guy series has not yet responded nor commented on this major revamp.

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