One other white “Simpsons” voice actor has stepped down from lending his pipes to a personality of shade.
Based on The Wrap, Harry Shearer, who’s white, will now not voice the black character Dr. Hibbert. He’ll get replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson (“Bless the Harts”) in subsequent Sunday’s episode, “Wad Objectives.”
Shearer has voiced Springfield’s most expert physician — in distinction to Hank Azaria’s incompetent Dr. Nick — since 1990. He additionally voices Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, amongst different characters, and Fox confirmed to The Publish that he’ll proceed voicing the opposite roles.
He joins Azaria, who final 12 months introduced that he’d now not voice the Indian character Apu — partially after a 2017 documentary, “The Drawback with Apu,” introduced consideration to the topic. Azaria nonetheless voices a variety of characters on the present, equivalent to Moe and Chief Wiggum.
“The Simpsons” is way from the one animated sequence to deal with this subject in current months.
After the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter motion over the summer time of 2020 following the killing of George Floyd, “Household Man” actor Mike Henry, who’s white, introduced that he was stepping down from voicing the black character Cleveland. Arif Zahir has since taken over that position.
On Netflix’s “Large Mouth,” Jenny Slate stepped down from voicing Missy — Ayo Edebiri has since taken over the position — and Apple TV+ sequence “Central Park” re-cast bi-racial character Molly, who was initially voiced by Kristen Bell and is now achieved by “Umbrella Academy” star Emmy Raver-Lampman.
“The Simpsons” is at the moment in Season 32, airing Sundays at eight p.m. on Fox.