In recent years, critics have called on "The Simpsons" to stop using Hank Azaria, a white actor, to play Apu - an Indian American character who runs Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store.
Mike Henry has made a decision to step down from his role as Cleveland Brown on Family Guy, after voicing the beloved character for more than two decades. On the 26th of June, the Family Guy cast member shared that he was stepping down from the position because he wasn't a person of color.More news: CanSino's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Approved For Military Use In China
Both announcements come as more and more scrutiny is being directed toward animated projects that feature white actors voicing characters of color.
Cleveland now joins a growing list of high-profile animated characters that have been recast this week. "We're so excited to move forward", Gad said in an interview with NBC's Today.More news: Macy’s to cut 4,000 jobs due to COVID-19
"It's been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years", said Henry in a tweet on Friday night. It's not clear how soon the show might find replacement actors to voice those characters, especially since they don't appear very often.
The voice of Cleveland Brown is a unique one, and he's a character who appears much more frequently than any of the supporting characters of color on The Simpsons.More news: Barista $78K Richer After Refusing to Serve Woman
It's a little frustrating that it took this long for such a change to happen, especially since it means whoever replaces Henry will never have a chance to lead their own show as Cleveland Brown. It's unclear whether Family Guy will do the same to their white actors losing roles.