The Simpsons : the white actors not to double more characters of color
Finished the characters, black Simpson doubled by white actors
It is now the turn of The Simpsons to take a radical decision : the white actors not to double more characters of color. “We are moving forward.”, announced the Fox studios. “The Simpsons will no longer have white actors to provide the voices of the characters non-white”. This concerns in particular the character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a grocer of indian origin, doubled by the actor Hank Azaria, who announced in January his retirement after having been accused of promoting racist stereotypes. Other affected character : Dr. Hibbert will be more than doubled by Harry Shearer, actor white, who also lends his voice to Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, or principal Skinner.
Other series have taken similar decisions, such as Big Mouth (Netflix) and Central Park (Apple TV+) or The Griffin (Family Guy en VO). Mike Henry, who double the character black Cleveland Brown announced that he was relinquishing his 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.”