There’s been an extended debate working in animation over casting white actors to play characters who aren’t white. It’s come up when BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has spoken about his complicated emotions concerning having solid Alison Brie because the voice of a Vietnamese-American character when the present started. Comedian Hari Kondabolu made the documentary The Problem With Apu, which targeted on the problematic elements of long-running supporting character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, voiced for a lot of the present’s run by Hank Azaria.
Azaria introduced earlier this 12 months that he would not voice Apu — and whereas that call was an remoted one, it’s starting to appear to be the tip of one thing a lot bigger. Earlier this week, got here the information that Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell would not voice biracial characters on, respectively, Big Mouth and Central Park.
The adjustments have continued. The newest information, from The Wrap, notes that The Simpsons will not have white actors taking part in characters of coloration. This comes on the heels of Mike Henry asserting that he would not voice Black character Cleveland Brown on Family Guy. It’s an enormous second in animation — The Simpsons determination wanting particularly stunning given the present’s producers’ earlier reactions to the problems raised in Kondabolu’s documentary.
Earlier this week, Kathryn VanArendonk explored this phenomenon at Vulture, and provided some helpful recommendation:
The easiest and only answer is to not settle for the excuse of color-blind casting within the first place. If these characters had all been solid with color-conscious choices from day one, these demonstrations of ignorance and privilege would by no means have been a part of the reveals’ histories.
We’re within the midst of a second of change for an business — however hopefully that change will result in a extra equitable area for everybody transferring ahead.
picture :The Simpsons characters arrive at “The Simpsons” 500th Episode Celebration on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.Paul Redmond/WireImage