Animated TV comedy The Simpsons is ending the usage of white actors to voice characters of color, producers stated on Friday.
“Transferring ahead, The Simpsons will now not have white actors voice non-white characters,” they stated in a short assertion.
The assertion didn’t elaborate, however the transfer follows years of public stress concerning the Fox tv present’s Indian comfort retailer character Apu, who’s voiced by Hank Azaria.
Azaria stated earlier this yr that he would now not play the character, which has been criticized as a destructive portrayal of South Asian-People.
Azaria has additionally voiced the Simpsons characters of Black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man. Harry Shearer has performed Dr. Hibbert, who’s Black.
Friday’s assertion didn’t say whether or not Apu or the opposite characters would stay on the collection.
Bumbling Homer Simpson, housewife Marge, troublemaker Bart, prodigy Lisa and child Maggie have captured the altering face of America for greater than 30 years within the longest-running scripted present on U.S. tv.
The Simpsons is syndicated in additional than 100 international locations.
Friday’s announcement comes amid a widespread reckoning for U.S. popular culture about racism following mass protests this month over the killings of Black People by police.
Different white actors, together with Mike Henry of animated collection Household Man and Kristen Bell of Central Park, have additionally stated they’ll now not voice characters of color.
“It has been an honour to play Cleveland on Household Man for 20 years. I like this character, however individuals of color ought to play characters of color. Due to this fact, I might be stepping down from the function,” Henry stated on Twitter on Friday.
It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Household Man for 20 years. I like this character, however individuals of shade ought to play characters of shade. Due to this fact, I might be stepping down from the function. <a href=”https://t.co/FmKasWITKT”>pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT</a>