- Final January Hank Azaria introduced that he used to be leaving behind the function
- The alternate may even impact the nature of Dr Hibbert
- The verdict came about after Mike Henry gave up his function in Circle of relatives Man
The Simpsons will now not use white actors to dub ethnic minority characters, the manufacturers of the long-running animated collection introduced Friday.
The verdict features a routine personality from the collection, introduced in 1989 — Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a grocer of Indian starting place voiced within the American model of the display by means of white actor Hank Azaria.
The nature has lengthy been noticed as problematic and conveying racist stereotypes. Final January Azaria introduced that, in settlement with manufacturers, he used to be leaving behind the function.
“Transferring ahead, THE SIMPSONS will now not have white actors voice non-white characters,” Fox Studios mentioned in a observation to AFP.
The alternate may even impact the nature of Dr Hibbert, a person of color dubbed by means of the white actor Harry Shearer who additionally lends his voice to many different characters at the collection — from Homer Simpson’s boss Mr Burns to the chirpy neighbor Ned Flanders.
The announcement got here as Mike Henry, the white actor who voices the nature of Cleveland Brown, a person of color, in Circle of relatives Man, every other animated collection produced by means of Fox, introduced on Twitter that he used to be giving up the function.
“It is been an honor to play Cleveland on Circle of relatives Man for 20 years. I like this personality, however individuals of colour must play characters of colour. Subsequently, I can be stepping down from the function,” he wrote.
It is been an honor to play Cleveland on Circle of relatives Man for 20 years. I like this personality, however individuals of colour must play characters of colour. Subsequently, I can be stepping down from the function. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT
— Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020
US is in the course of a depending on systemic racism and discrimination ignited by means of the killing of George Floyd, an African American guy, by means of a white police officer in Minneapolis on Might 25.