‘The Simp­sons’ ends white ac­tors voic­ing char­ac­ters of color

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‘The Simp­sons’ will no longer use white ac­tors to dub eth­nic mi­nor­ity char­ac­ters, the pro­duc­ers of the long-run­ning an­i­mated se­ries an­nounced

Fri­day.

The de­ci­sion in­cludes a re­cur­ring char­ac­ter from the se­ries, launched in 1989 – Apu Na­has­apeemapeti­lon, a gro­cer of In­dian ori­gin voiced in the Amer­i­can ver­sion of the show by white ac­tor Hank Azaria.

The char­ac­ter has long been seen as prob­lem­atic and con­vey­ing racist stereo­types. Last Jan­uary Azaria an­nounced that, in agree­ment with pro­duc­ers, he was aban­don­ing the role.

“Mov­ing for­ward, THE SIMP­SONS will no longer have white ac­tors voice non-white char­ac­ters,” Fox Studios said in a state­ment to AFP.

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