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The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, according to the show’s producers. 

Broadcast on Fox Network, the show has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria's voiceover of Indian-American character Apu. 

Azaria said earlier this year that he was stepping down from the role. 

The entertainment industry has come under growing pressure to provide more opportunities for non-white performers. 

Today’s announcement comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 May. 

"Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters," the producers said in a short statement. 

In January, Mr Azaria said he would no longer be performing the voice of Indian convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a role he had played since the character was created in 1990. 

 Azaria - who provides the voice of other characters, including black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man - said he found it "very upsetting to me personally and professionally" that anyone felt marginalised because of Apu. 

Fox Network's statement did not say whether Apu or other characters would continue to feature in the show.

26 June 2020                                            Back to the headlines


 
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