"The Simpsons" will no longer use white voice actors for black characters

by Peter Heck · Jun 29th, 2020 9:39 am

Last Updated Jun 29th, 2020 at 6:21 pm

The TV show "The Simpsons" announced in a statement on Friday that it will no longer allow white actors to voice black characters.

The move, seen as the latest attempt in Hollywood to placate the anger of Black Lives Matter activists over racial injustice, will affect at least four significant supporting characters on the show.

Dr. Julius Hibbert and Judge Roy Snyder are currently voiced by Harry Shearer, and Carl Carlson and Bumblebee Man are currently voiced by Hank Azaria. The actors will no longer voice those characters.

This is not the first time that Azaria has lost a voice role on the animated classic. Just a few months ago, Fox announced that Azaria would no longer be voicing one of the program's most famous characters, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The character, who runs the local Kwik-E-Mart on the show, is from India. Cries of racial stereotyping forced Azaria to walk away from the character back in February.

"The Simpsons" has been renewed for a 31st and 32nd season on Fox.


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