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Family Guy Actor Mike Henry Steps Down From Cleveland Brown Voice Role

Family Guy cast member Mike Henry has announced he will no longer voice the character of Cleveland Brown on the animated series. The actor, who is white, said in a statement that persons of colour should play characters of colour . It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. pic.twitter.com/FmKasWITKT Mike Henry (@mikehenrybro) June 26, 2020Mike has voiced Cleveland on Family Guy and spin-off series The Cleveland show since 1999.He said on Twitter: It s been an honour to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role. His announcement came as The Simpsons also issued a statement confirming that it would no longer have white actors voice non-white characters moving forward. The Simpsons had faced criticism for having Hank Azaria, who is white, voicing Indian shopkeeper Apu.The actor confirmed in January he would no longer perform the role.White actor Harry Shearer originally voiced some Black characters on The Simpsons, including Dr. Hibbert. Variety reported that Black actor Kevin Michael Richardson has voiced many of the show s Black characters in recent seasons.Earlier this week, actor Jenny Slate has said she will no longer voice Missy in the animated series Big Mouth.She said that her playing the role was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people , with a spokesperson adding that Missy will be recast.Frozen star Kristen Bell also announced she would also stop voicing multiracial character Molly in Apple TV+ comedy Central Park.Kristen said playing the character shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege , with bosses confirming they are to recast the role.READ MORE: Big Mouth s Missy To Be Recast With Black Actor After Jenny Slate Withdraws From Role Hire Better. It’s Not Rocket Science : BAME People On The Way Forward For The Broken Film And TV Industry


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