The Simpsons To Stop Having White Voice Actors Play Non-white Characters

As a wave of white actors announced their decisions to stop voicing non-white characters amidst the ongoing George Floyd protests, The Simpsons announced that it will be following suit and will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.

The Simpsons have been at the center of this issue for several years, particularly after Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu, which discussed Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who for decades was voiced by Hank Azaria. The conversation surrounding The Problem With Apu led Azaria to step aside. from the role earlier this year.

Other actors who have stepped away from their non-white characters include Jenny Slate, Kristen Bell, and Mike Henry, who voiced Cleveland Brown on Family Guy and _The Cleveland Show.

The move was met with a mix of emotions, but few seemed genuinely happy about it; Kondabalou appeared to feel it was too little, too late, particularly considering the perceived shot The Simpsons took at him and his documentary in 2018.

Many figured a better move would be to finally cancel The Simpsons since many consider it to be well past its prime.

There were also many complaints which argued that by taking the logic presented by the decision to its absurd end, no one could voice anyone on The Simpsons because the white characters are yellow.

There is no news yet on who will be taking over the vacated roles on The Simpsons and other animated series which have recently seen their voice actors step away fromt heir characters.

Source – Know Your Meme News


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