Harry Shearer to not voice Black character on ‘The Simpsons’, Entertainment News

By | February 23, 2021

Harry Shearer to not voice Black character on ‘The Simpsons’, Leisure Information

In one other transfer to diversify its voice forged, ‘The Simpsons’ core forged member Harry Shearer will cease voicing Dr Julius Hibbert who’s Black on the present. This Sunday’s episode titled ‘DairyQueen’ featured Harry Shearer because the Black character on the present for the final time. 

Fox animated sequence’ will now characteristic Kevin Michael Richardson beginning February 28. The following episode ‘Wad Objectives’ may have Kevin take over as Dr Hibbert. Richardson has beforehand voiced for about 70 Simpsons episodes and has additionally labored for ‘Household Man’, ‘American Dad’ and ‘F Is for Household’.

The transfer comes at a time of elevated demand for inclusivity and illustration. The Simpsons producers had issued a press release in June 2020 that “transferring ahead, The Simpsons will not have white actors voice nonwhite characters.” It retains good to their promise. 

Following Black Lives Matter protests final summer season, animated sequence together with Netflix’s ‘Massive Mouth’ and Apple’s ‘Central Park’ additionally made strikes to recast BIPOC characters with actors of colour, and ‘Household Man’ common Mike Henry stated he would not voice the character of Cleveland Brown, who’s Black, on the present.

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