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Producers of “The Simpsons” say white actors will no longer voice non-white characters on the show, while the white actor who plays Cleveland Brown on “Family Guy” is stepping down from the role.
The announcements about the Fox animated series arrive two days after Jenny Slate said she would no longer voice Missy, a biracial character in the Netflix series “Big Mouth,” and Kristen Bell said she would no longer voice Molly, a biracial character in the Apple TV Plus series “Central Park.”
The changes also come after Hank Azaria said in January that he would no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character he has played since 1990. The statement from producers further affirmed Azaria’s decision.
It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years,” actor Mike Henry tweeted Friday. “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
In addition to “Family Guy,” which has aired since 1999, Henry played Cleveland in a Fox spinoff called “The Cleveland Show” from 2009 to 2013.
The announcement from the producers of “The Simpsons” followed shortly after Henry’s statement.
“Moving forward, ‘The Simpsons’ will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the statement said, as reported by Variety and other outlets.
Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary “The Problem with Apu” addressed the subject of a white man — Azaria — voicing an Indian American character that advances stereotypes on “The Simpsons.”
“Re: The Simpsons using People of Color to voice minority characters,” Kondabolu tweeted Friday. “All it took was 30 years, a documentary, more relevant shows doing it first & a conversation about racism spurred by police brutality & murder. Going off social media now until next wave of death threats pass.”
Azaria also voices Carl Carlson, a Black character on “The Simpsons” who is often seen alongside the white character Lenny Leonard, voiced by Harry Shearer.
Azaria also voices Lou, a Black Springfield police sergeant, Julio, a Latino character, and Bumblebee Man, a Spanish-speaking character, while Shearer voices Dr. Julius Hibbert, a Black character.
In a statement on Instagram Friday, Azaria said he’s “extremely pleased” by the producers’ decision to recast the characters.
“I recognize that by voicing these roles, I have taken away roles from People of Color and in doing so, have been part of the problem,” he said. “Representation matters.”
“I am committed to continuing my education by participating in anti-racism work,” Azaria continued. “I have learned that one of my blind spots was how much racism has also impacted my own humanity: I continued to be complicit with a harmful practice even as I believed I was already doing the right thing. I believe that as white people our humanity is compromised by unconsciously or consciously perpetuating the things we say we are against. Racism impacts our ability to be truly empathetic to what is happening to all People of Color, especially Black people, because racism keeps us from seeing ourselves in them. I hope that I can actively and meaningfully contribute to ending this and other kinds of systemic oppression, and in a way that lessens this burden for People of Color, who for far too long have been tasked with dismantling it themselves.”