“The Simpsons” originally publicized in 1989 and its 31st season had its season finale on May 17

“The Simpsons” has just announced that they will not employ white entertainers to voice characters of color.

Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white actors

Fox confirmed the news in a statement to PEOPLE

According to PEOPLE, Fox made an affirmation of the news in an announcement to them stating that from now on, the show “The Simpsons” will no longer have white entertainers provide the voices to non-white characters.

Earlier this year, actor Hank Azaria, 55, made a statement that he would bow out of being the voice of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in “The Simpsons”. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has become a questionable character on the Fox TV show “The Simpsons” because a lot of people have made arguments that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is full of stereotypes and the character should not have been played by a white person. Fox’s declaration comes after Azaria decides to retire from the role.

Source: https://tvline.com/2020/02/25/the-simpsons-hank-azaria-apu-voice-controversy-explained/ , PHOTO: Shutterstock, Courtesy of FOX

According to The New York Times (NYT), they were in a meeting with Azaria. He stated that his choice was made following a years-in length procedure of analyzing his own emotions and tuning in to the assessments of individuals who said they had been insulted by Apu.

“Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” Azaria expressed to the NYT. “It just didn’t feel right.”

In 2017, after the release of a documentary called “The Problem with Apu”, the debate around the problematic character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has been sparked. A writer called Hari Kondabolu contended Apu propagates racial generalizations through bad traits and an overstated voice. Apu has been a character on the animated Fox TV series since 1990.


“The Simpsons” has now become one of the animated TV shows that have decided to never cast white entertainers to perform roles of color.

Prior this week, Jenny Slate, 38, and Kristen Bell, 40, declared that they are stepping down from their roles on the animated series, which will both be recast with a Black or mixed-race entertainer.

On Wednesday, Slate uncovered the news and clarified that she is a white lady and she could no longer do the job of the voicing of Missy, a biracial character on the Netflix series made by Nick Kroll.

“I have come to the decision today that I can no longer play the character of ‘Missy’ on the animated TV show Big Mouth. At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play Missy because her mom is Jewish and White — as am I. But ‘Missy’ is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people,” Slate wrote on Instagram.

Slate proceeded to state that her original reasoning was not good and clarify that “it existed as an example of societal white supremacy, and that in me playing ‘Missy,’ I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.”

She expressed that stepping down from her depiction of ‘Missy’ is one stage in a deeply rooted procedure of revealing the bigotry in my activities.

While Slate conceded that she could not change the past concerning her botches she has done with regards to her profession in comedy, she can take responsibility for her decisions.

SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Jenny Slate attend the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Also, Kroll, 42, reported Slate’s choice to step down on Twitter, expressing: “After thoughtful discussion with us and our Black collaborators, Jenny Slate has decided, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Missy on Big Mouth should be voiced by a Black actor.”

He continued that “We sincerely apologize for and regret our original decision to cast a White actor to voice a biracial character. We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we’re working hard to do better moving forward,”.

On Wednesday, Bell and Josh Gad additionally made their decisions in an announcement shared to their separate Instagram accounts that Bell will never again be assuming the job of Molly Tillerman, who is a mixed-race, on his Apple TV+ series Central Park.

The announcement begins with “Kristen Bell is an extraordinarily talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from nearly the first day of the show’s development — before there was even a character for her to play — and she has since delivered a funny, heartfelt, and beautiful performance,”.

The statement continues with “But after reflection, Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognizes that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right — to cast a Black or mixed-race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we’ve drawn her,”.

Bell, who was in Disney Animations’ “Frozen” (2013) with Gad, additionally made it clear that it was her choice to step down from the job in her post description.

“This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine. Playing the character of Molly on Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed-race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed-race and Black American experience,” she said. “It was wrong and we, on the Central Park team, are pledging to make it right. I am happy to relinquish this role to someone who can give a much more accurate portrayal and I will commit to learning, growing, and doing my part for equality and inclusion.”

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