The producers of Animated TV comedy ‘The Simpsons’ have announced that they will no longer use white actors to voice characters of colour.
The Simpsons has received criticism for years for having Hank Azaria voice for the role of Indian character Apu. In January , Azaria said that he is stepping down from the role after it has been hugely criticized for the negative portrayal of Indian-Americans. Mr Azaria, was very upset as the portrayal of character Apu reinforced racial stereotypes. He also voiced the Simpsons characters of Black police officer Lou.
This comes at a time when the whole world is in mass protest over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died while in US police custody. His death has led to cancellation of many controversial portrayals of people of colour in the entertainment industry.
The Simpsons is the longest-running show on American television, going for 30 years, and is syndicated in more than 100 countries.