As the fight against racism and systemic injustices against the Black community, and it works for equality for everyone is on, the producers of one of the longest-running animation movies of all time ‘The Simpson’ has declared they will not use white people’s voices for black or other ethnic minority characters.
The producers behind the show issued a statement on Friday saying that from now on, its characters of color will be voiced by actors of color only, “Moving forward, THE SIMPSONS will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.”
These changes follow the current protests and riots from black communities across the globe. Also the fight against racism and white supremacy over black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.
The corrections will affect some characters including that of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a grocer of Indian origin, which is voiced in the American version of the show by white actor Hank Azaria. “The Simpsons” won’t have any repeats of Hank Azaria voicing Apu.
News of the decision comes less than an hour after Mike Henry announced he will no longer voice the character of Cleveland Brown on fellow Fox animated comedy “Family Guy.”
“The Simpsons” has been subject to heavy criticism over the last few years on this issue, most notably over Azaria playing the Indian character Apu, and this statement represents a substantial shift from the producers’ historical stance on the matter. Azaria announced that he was stepping away from voicing the character in January. Calls for him to do so intensified following the 2017 documentary “The Problem With Apu,” from comedian Hari Kondabolu. The doc explored how people of South Asian descent felt about growing up with Apu as one of their only representatives on American television.
A global change is coming and it’s here already.