A voice actor who performed a minority character in “Family Man” stated he’s leaving the position after 20 years while “The Simpsons” producers stated no white actors can be allowed to voice nonwhite characters.
“Shifting ahead, ‘The Simpsons’ will not have white actors voice nonwhite characters,” producers stated in a press release Friday.
The statement didn’t embrace some other info.
Mike Henry, who voiced Cleveland Brown, a black character, in “Household Man,” stated earlier Friday he wouldn’t achieve this any longer.
“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on ‘Household Guy’ for 20 years. I really like this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour. Subsequently, I might be stepping down from the position,” he stated in a social media statement.
Seth McFarlane, who created the present, shared Henry’s assertion.
Both “Household Man” and “The Simpsons” are long-running animated comedies.
Other comparable moves have taken place in current days.
Kristen Bell, who voiced Molly, a combined race character on the animated collection “Central Park,” stated on social media that “This can be a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity.”
“Right here is considered one of mine. Enjoying the character of Molly on ‘Central Park’ exhibits a lack of knowledge of my pervasive privilege. Casting a combined race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the combined race and black American experience,” she wrote.
Jenny Slate stated she initially thought it was okay to voice Missy, a combined race character, on “Huge Mouth.”
“I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play Missy as a result of her mother is Jewish and White—as am I,” Slate wrote on social media. “But Missy can also be black, and black characters on an animated show must be played by black actors. I acknowledge how my unique reasoning was flawed, that it existed for instance of white privilege and unjust allowances made inside a system of social white supremacy, and that in me enjoying Missy, I was partaking in an act of erasure of black individuals.”
The strikes drew combined reactions from social media customers.
“Hey I (clearly a black man) have enjoyed your performances all through your 20 years. Voices are voices. There are not any colours assigned to them. As a VA your job is to deliver your characters to life and you've got accomplished that magnificently,” one consumer wrote to Henry.
One other wrote to Bell: “Why would you even take the position? Like the truth that that SEEMED like a good suggestion to you is the issue.”