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Actor Harry Shearer on voicing non-white characters

Speaking about The Simpson's, comedian believes that white actors voicing non-white characters is simply part of the job and in no way racial. Check out some of the characters Shearer voices on The Simpson's below.

  • The Simpson's had been accused of reinforcing racial stereotypes.
  • They received repeated criticism  for actor Hank Azaria's portrayal of different characters on the show, one of them being Apu, the Indian convenience store owner.
  • In June, it was announced that the series would no longer have white actors doing the voices of non-white characters.

Shearer does many characters on the show, such as Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and Principle Skinner. And during an interview on Times Radio August 4th, the actor spoke his mind about The Simpson's decision to cut off white actors voicing other ethnicities. "The job of the actor is to play someone who they're not."

Actor/Comedian Harry Shearer

After comedian Hari Kondabolu's documentary "The Problem with Apu" debuted in 2017, actor Hank Azaria said in an interview that he would be willing to step down of doing Apu's voice. Azaria said that "the idea that it's brought pain and suffering in any way, that it was used to marginalize people, it's upsetting."

Watch Kondabolu's documentary trailer below.

As far as actors playing characters that are not their race, "That's the gig. That's the job description" said Harry Shearer.

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