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Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice non-white characters

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice non-white characters

US animated comedy series The Simpsons are to end their use of white actors to voice non-white characters, the show’s producers have announced.

For years, the show has faced criticism over  white actor Hank Azaria’s voiceover of Indian character Apu.

Earlier this year, he announced that he was stepping down from the role.

He has performed the voice of the Indian convenience store owner since 1990.

But the show has been accused of using the character in a way that reinforced racial stereotypes.

In a short statement, the show’s producers said:

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.”

Speaking about the decision to end the use of white actors to voice non-white characters in The Simpsons, Mr Azaria added:

“We all made the decision together… We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing,”

The entertainment industry is under growing pressure to provide more opportunities for non-white performers.

Mr Azaria also provides the voice of black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man.

He said he found it “very upsetting to me personally and professionally” that anyone felt marginalised because of the roles he played.

Fox Network’s statement on Friday did not say whether Apu or other characters would continue to feature in the show.

The announcement comes in the wake of international Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody last month.

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