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Well, this has certainly been a day for actresses white, which interpret characters black in the animated series, of which there are surprisingly more than one. Earlier Wednesday, 24 June, actress, white, Jenny Slate went on Instagram to announce that she would no longer be the voice of Missy, a character black, in the series of comedy moving to Netflix. Big Mouth because ” the characters black a lively show should be played by a Black. ” Hours (and probably hundreds of texts, unrestrained) later, the creative team behind Apple TV + Central park announced that the actress was white, Kristen Bell would not provide more the voice of Molly, a character in black comedy series-animated. The two characters black animated named Molly and Missy expressed by actresses white in 2020? Certainly, a parallel to the film offensive. The declaration of Central park the creators Loren Bouchard, Josh Gad, Nora Smith, Halsted Sullivan and Sanjay Shah read as follows:
“Kristen Bell is an actress of extraordinary talent who has joined the cast of Central Park from the first day of the development of the series – before it even has a character to play – and she has since delivered a performance that is funny, sincere and beautiful.
But after some reflection, Kristen, with the whole creative team, acknowledges that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get a good representation to launch a actress black or mestizo and give Molly a voice that resonates with all the nuances and experiences of the character that we have drawn. Kristen will continue to be a part of the heart of the series in a new role but we will find a new actress to lend her voice to Molly.
We deeply regret to have contributed to the feeling of exclusion or erasure of anyone.
Blacks and people of color have worked, and will continue to work on Central Park, but we can do better. We are committed to creating opportunities for people of color and Blacks in all roles, on all of our projects behind the mic, in the writers ‘ room, production and post-production. The animation will be stronger for having so many voices, experiences and perspectives as possible in the industry. Our shop and our living room will be best to respect the nuances and the complexity around the question of representation and try to do things right. “
While Central park is committed to reverse this decision of casting, the members of the creative team have defended the decision to make Bell a character black in January of this year. During a panel TCA in January 2020, the creator Loren Bouchard has stated that “Kristen had to be Molly, as if we couldn’t do it Molly. But then, we couldn’t make Molly white and we couldn’t make Kristen a race mixed, so we had to just go ahead. “By “go ahead,” Bouchard heard-it does not address the problem before that a similar situation does not occur in another animated series and the all becomes optically too big to be ignored? Because that’s what it looks like. Online campaigns have already begun to appear to suggest to the actresses black to replace Slate and Bell. Actresses comic black identifying women begin to practice the voice of your character because your time is now expired.