Simpsons ends the use of white actors
US animated comedy sequence The Simpsons will not use white actors for the voices of characters from different ethnic backgrounds, the series producers say.
The series, broadcast on Fox Network, has confronted years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria’s voiceover of Indian-American character Apu.
Mr Azaria mentioned earlier this 12 months that he was stepping down from the function.
The leisure trade has come beneath rising stress to present extra alternatives for non-white performers.
Friday’s announcement comes within the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which had been sparked by the demise of African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 May.”The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice for black characters,” the producers mentioned in a brief assertion.
In January, Mr Azaria mentioned he would not be performing the voice of Indian comfort retailer proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a task he had performed for the reason that character was created in 1990.
“We all made the decision together… We all agreed to it. We all feel like it’s the right thing,” he mentioned on the time.
The series had been accused of utilizing the character in an approach that strengthened racial stereotypes.
Mr Azaria – who offers the voice of different characters, together with black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man
Fox Network’s stated on Friday didn’t say whether or not Apu or different characters would proceed to characteristic within the present.
Other white US actors to announce that they are going to no longer be offering voiceovers for people of colour embrace Mike Henry and Kristen Bell.
Mr Henry gave the voice of black character Cleveland Brown within the animated sequence Family Guy for 20 years.
Ms Bell, who gave the voice of Molly, a mixed-race child, within the cartoon sequence Central Park, mentioned doing so displayed “a lack of awareness”.