The Simpsons Announces They Will No Longer Have White Actors Voice Non White Characters
2020 has been a year of change.
Seemingly everything around us has been changing at a rapid pace. I mean, some of it hasn’t been for the better necessarily, and I think we can definitely all agree on that. The entire COVID-19 pandemic has flipped us six ways from Sunday, but honestly even this has had a couple of positives if you search hard enough.
The Simpsons have announced they will no longer have white actors voice non-white roles in their series moving forward— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) June 27, 2020
Also effective immediately, Mike Henry will also step down from his 20 year voice role as Cleveland Brown in Family Guy in favor of a black voice actor pic.twitter.com/0GyW3oQQ5Z
Then there are some things that have happened that were sparked by the most negative things you could possibly think of… like the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and countless other black people. It shouldn’t have taken this long for waves this big to have been created, but it’s happening, and it’s good. This isn’t to say there isn’t a ton, and I mean a TON of work to be done… but a lot of people are making a step in the right direction. Whether this be to change their originally uneducated and prejudice mind set, or to start listening to the people around them and educate themselves further than they already have in this lifetime. No matter which way you’re approaching it, if your heart is in the right place, you’re helping in some way.
With all of this going on, a lot of different businesses, companies, and corporations have stepped up and made changes in support of anti-racism and the BLM movement. This now includes The Simpsons, who will no longer be using white actors to voice non-white characters. This is a massive step in the right direction. I feel as though this is something that has definitely been overlooked, and if you’re anything like me you probably didn’t even know this was happening. It was, and it won’t be anymore.
On top of the Simpsons making this move, Family Guy is also set to take the voice of character Cleveland Brown and replace it with a black voice actor.
If there is ANY part of this that makes you feel upset or angry, take a step back and ask yourself why. Then maybe read a book or google how to become an ally in your community and educate yourself a little further and it may make you come to terms or give you a better understanding.