"The Simpsons," "Family Guy" No More White Actors Voicing Black Characters

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Producers of ‘The Simpsons’ announced that they will no longer let white actors play non-white characters.

For years, the producers have faced criticism over white actor Hank Azaria playing the voice of Indian-American character Apu.

Azaria had already dropped the role back in January, saying he found it "very upsetting to me personally and professionally" to know people felt marginalized by his work.

He has also played the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man and a black police officer named Lou.

Harry Shearer, who is white, has voiced the black character Dr. Hibbert.

Mike Henry, a longtime ‘Family Guy’ actor, tweeted that he'll no longer voice the black character Cleveland Brown.

"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."

Source: Newser.

Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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