US animated comedy sequence The Simpsons will not use white actors for the voices of characters from different ethnic backgrounds, the present’s producers say.
The present, broadcast on Fox Community, has confronted years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria’s voiceover of Indian-American character Apu.
Mr Azaria stated earlier this 12 months that he was stepping down from the position.
The leisure business has come beneath rising stress to supply extra alternatives for non-white performers.
Friday’s announcement comes within the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which had been sparked by the demise of African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 Could.
“Transferring ahead, The Simpsons will not have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers stated in a brief assertion.
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In January, Mr Azaria stated he would not be performing the voice of Indian comfort retailer proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a job he had performed for the reason that character was created in 1990.
“All of us made the choice collectively… All of us agreed on it. All of us really feel prefer it’s the fitting factor,” he stated on the time.
The present had been accused of utilizing the character in a manner that strengthened racial stereotypes.
Mr Azaria – who supplies the voice of different characters, together with black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man – stated he discovered it “very upsetting to me personally and professionally” that anybody felt marginalised due to Apu.
Fox Community’s assertion on Friday didn’t say whether or not Apu or different characters would proceed to characteristic within the present.
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Different white US actors to announce that they may not be offering voiceovers for people of color embrace Mike Henry and Kristen Bell.
Mr Henry offered the voice of black character Cleveland Brown within the animated sequence Household Man for 20 years.
“I like this character, however individuals of color ought to play characters of color,” he tweeted on Friday.
Ms Bell, who offered the voice of Molly, a mixed-race youngster, within the cartoon sequence Central Park, stated doing so displayed “a lack of understanding”.
“Casting a combined race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the combined race and Black American expertise,” she added.