The Simpson's

The Simpson's will no longer have white actor doing voices for other ethnicities

After the tragic death of George Floyd and in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests many companies and artists have been re evaluating their brands and what they stand for. The entertainment industry is under a lot of scrutiny. The FOX Network show, has faced criticism for many years for having white actor, Hank Azaria voice the character of Apu, the Indian convenience store owner. The Simpson's has been accused of reinforcing racial stereotypes.

  • While the announcement that white actors would no longer interpret non-white character's just came in, Azaria had already announced in January his departure from the show. The actor had been voicing Apu since the character was created in 1990.
  • "We all made the decision together... We all agreed on it. We all feel like it's the right thing".
  • Azaria voices other non-white characters as well and said it was upsetting for him personally and as a professional that people would feel marginalized because of Apu.

The network has made no comment on whether these characters will continue in the show or not. Other actors have also spoken up about interpreting characters of other ethnic backgrounds. 

Kristen Bell who does the voice of Molly a mixed race girl in the cartoon Central Park said voicing a non-white character "displays a lack of awareness". "Casting a mixed race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience," she added.

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