LOS ANGELES | the producers of The Simpsons, the animated series known worldwide, on Friday announced that they would now use white actors to dub the characters belonging to ethnic minorities.
“We are going forward. The Simpsons will no longer have white actors to provide the voices of the characters non-white,” said the Fox studios, in a statement sent to AFP.
The announcement will be including a recurring character of the series launched in 1989, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a grocer of indian origin who was his voice in the american version to the actor Hank Azaria. Last January, the actor white had announced that, by mutual agreement with the production, he gave up this character also accused long of promoting racist stereotypes.
The change should also relate to the character of Dr. Hibbert, a black man, doubled by the actor white Harry Shearer, who also lends his voice to many other characters in the series (Mr Burns, boss of Homer Simpson, his neighbour, Ned Flanders, principal Skinner…)
Mike Henry, actor white that double the character black of Cleveland Brown in family guy (Family Guy, in the original version), another series produced by Fox, has announced on Twitter that it “was abandoning this role.”
“It has been an honor to play Cleveland in Family Guy for twenty years. I love this character, but people of color should play characters of color,” he explains.
These ads occur after similar decisions on the part of Netflix (Big Mouth) or Apple+ TV (Central Park), while the american society is in full process of self-examination about his past racist and discrimination that undermine it, after the death of George Floyd, middle-aged black, choked by a white policeman during his arrest.