“The Simpsons” has officially changed the voice actor, with a long-time actor Harry Shearer (Harry Shearer) dubbing it.
Springfield’s Jolly Doctor, Dr. Julius Hibbert, will speak by Shearer after the June Fox series announces that black characters will no longer be voiced by white actors. Shearer has played Hibbert and several other roles on the show for more than 30 years.
According to “People”
Representatives of the “Simpsons” did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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Although Shearer will no longer play Hibbert, he will continue to serve as the voice talent behind other “Simpsons” roles such as Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers and Ned Flanders.
Shearer previously explained in August that after receiving widespread criticism and renewed attention to the actor election triggered by the racial inequality protest last summer, he did not necessarily agree with the decision to adapt the show’s black characters.
Shearer, 77, said at the time (via the Daily Mail): “I have a very simple belief in acting. The job of an actor is to play someone who is not.”
He added: “That’s a performance, that’s a job description.”
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Shearer added that although he will no longer be in the role of Dr. Hibbert, his career is not severely affected by the news.
He told the media: “We will not get paid from the voice.”
A few months later, “The Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria (Hank Azaria) confirmed that he would no longer play a role for Arp due to strong opposition to the portrayal of the people of India and South Asia. The decision was largely triggered by the key documentary “Arp’s Problem.”
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Since then, other animation shows have followed suit. Mike Henry has dubbed Cleveland Brown for twenty years, and has been the role of “Family Guy” and the subsequent derivative work “The Cleveland Show” Cleveland Show ) dubbing, and then withdraw from the role dubbing.
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Meanwhile, Kristen Bell (Kristen Bell) made the same decision shortly before Jenny Slate (Jenny Slate) made the same decision on her character “Miss” in Netflix’s “Big Mouth” Left the role in the AppleTV + animated TV series “Central Park”.