PARIS — White actor Harry Shearer is stepping back from voicing the Black Dr. Hibbert on “The Simpsons” after more than 30 years.
While some followers are mourning his departure — the latest white actor to think better of playing non-white parts — others are shocked and shocked that Springfield’s favourite medical professional was as white as his lab coat.
We look at how Hollywood is realising that Black voices matter:
Dr. Hibbert is only one of several characters of colour on “The Simpsons” to have been voiced for decades by white actors including his wife Bernice, Homer’s nuclear plant colleague Carlton Carlson and of course, Apu, the Indian-American convenience store owner.
Hank Azaria’s heavily-accented caricature of the grocer came under sharp scrutiny after comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Issue with Apu” fingered the performance as offensive.
Azaria finally quit the role last year, saying that continuing to play ……
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