The Simpsons creator on casting row: we didn’t set out to exclude


he Simpsons’ creator has mentioned casting white actors to voice non-white figures was not meant “to exclude”.

The US show, which has been on-air since 1989, faced criticism for having Hank Azaria, who is white, voicing Indian shopkeeper Apu.

Fox later announced that the extensive-jogging comedy would no more time feature white actors voicing non-white people.

Matt Groening explained he did not have a problem with white actors actively playing non-white figures in the present, but “times change”.

He explained to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: “Times improve, but I actually didn’t have a problem with the way we ended up undertaking it.

“All of our actors perform dozens of people every, it was in no way created to exclude anyone.”

He included: “Bigotry and racism are however an outstanding difficulty and it is excellent to last but not least go for more equality and illustration.”

His responses arrive just after the white voice actor who performed the character of Dr Hibbert for much more than 30 several years was replaced by a black performer.

Harry Shearer 1st portrayed the chuckling clinical specialist – who is black – in 1990. His very last episode as the character aired in the US this week.

Shearer has been replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson, network Fox said, and the actor will make his debut in the upcoming period 32 episode Wad Plans.

The show sparked controversy in 2018 for a scene in which character Lisa Simpson appeared to look into the camera and refer to the controversy in excess of casting.

“Something that started off a long time in the past and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” she explained, in an episode, showcasing a picture of Apu in the qualifications.

Groening said: “At a selected position it doesn’t make any difference what you say. You are likely to be attacked by whoever, you know? Truthfully, that doesn’t affect me at all.

“We’re not heading out of our way to ease and comfort bigots. On the other hand, if you do any kind of gesture and individuals perceive a weak spot, you will be criticised.”

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