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White Actors Will No Longer Voice Non-White Characters in 'The Simpsons'

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In the wake of the anti-racism protests in the United States following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, media companies are now reviewing the content they produce and removing what is deemed controversial in terms of depicting people of colour.

The long-running animated TV series "The Simpsons" will no longer have white actors voice characters of colour, Fox announced on Friday.

"Moving forward, 'The Simpsons' will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters", the statement read.

On Friday, Mike Henry, who has played black man Cleveland on "Family Guy" for 20 years, tweeted he is now abandoning his role.

On 'The Simpsons", one of the black characters, Carlton Carlson, has long been voiced by actor Hank Azaria. Azaria had also voiced another character of colour on the show, Indian immigrant Apu, who runs the Kwik-E-Mart, but had to stop playing him in 2017 following criticism of the "racist depiction" of the character. In particular, the 2017 documentary "The Problem with Apu", written by Hari Kondabolu, highlighted that negative stereotypes about people of Indian descent were translated through the character.

Another popular black character on the show, Dr Hibbert, is also voiced by white actor Harry Shearer.

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