The simpsons and Family guy are now the last two shows to address the issue of white actors playing non-white characters in the animation world, with The simpsons announcing today, by Variety, that it will no longer “have white actors to express non-white characters. Meanwhile, Mike Henry – who has voiced the character of Cleveland Brown for the past 21 years at a time Family guy and The Cleveland Show… announced that he was withdrawing from the game. “I love this character,” he said on Twitter, “but people of color should play characters of color. ”
Henry’s statement aligns with similar comments made earlier this week by the two Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell, who announced that he would no longer play black or biracial characters on Big Mouth or Central park, respectively. So far, there is no word yet Family guy he himself will follow Henry’s example and make a similar pledge to stop presenting white actors in non-white roles.
In the meantime, it is not yet known what this decision will mean for The simpsons. Almost every black or non-white character in the Springfield Citizens regular shows list – including Carl, Dr. Hibbert, Lou the cop, Lewis, fourth-grade student, Bumblebee Man, judge Snyder, Akira, and more – has been voiced by a white actor, most often Hank Azaria or Harry Shearer. When this problem arose in relation to Azaria expressing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, of course, the show responded essentially removing the character, confining it to background roles. It’s not at all obvious how it’s going to handle doing the same thing with just about every black regular on its list, or if it’s finally time for the show to have a non-white person among its regular cast.