White actors will no longer express characters of color in “The Simpsons”

Following other white actors who said they would no longer express characters of color, producers of “The Simpsons” said on Friday they would change all their characters of color, while an actor from “Family Guy” said he will resign his role from Cleveland. . Brown.

In a statement Friday, the creators of “The Simpsons” said: “In the future, ‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors playing non-white characters.”

“The Simpsons” has been on the air since 1989, and features several non-white characters voiced by white actors, including Harry Shearer, who plays Dr. Julius Hibbert, and Carlton Carlson Jr., played by Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. .

The show has received strong criticism over the years for its character from Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, owner of an immigrant immigrant shop in India, who was also portrayed by Azaria. Azaria announced in January that she will no longer be playing the character.

Mike Henry, who is white, has played Cleveland Brown in “Family Guy” since the show was created in 1999. He announced on Twitter that he is giving up his old role.

“I love this character,” wrote Henry, “but people of color should be people of color.”

Henry also voiced Latino maid Consuela on the show, and was voiced by Cleveland Brown and Rallo Tubbs in the “Family Guy” spin-off, “The Cleveland Show.”

Wednesday, Netflix series “Big Mouth“Announced that voice actress Jenny Slate will no longer play biracial character Missy. Actress Kristen Bell also announced Wednesday that she will no longer play biracial character Molly in the Apple animated series” Central Park. ”

“This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine. Playing the character of Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my widespread privilege,” Bell wrote on Instagram. “Launching a mixed-race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and the African-American experience.”