Another white voice actor from “The Simpsons” has stopped lending his pipes to a colored character.
According to The Wrap, Harry Shearer, who is white, will no longer voice the black character Dr. Hibbert. He will be replaced by Kevin Michael Richardson (“Bless the Harts”) on next Sunday’s episode, “Wad Goals.”
Shearer has voiced Springfield’s most skilled doctor, in contrast to Hank Azaria’s incompetent Dr. Nick, since 1990. He also voices Ned Flanders and Director Skinner, among other characters, and Fox confirmed to The Post that he will continue to voice the others. papers.
He joins Azaria, who last year announced that she would be stopping playing the Indian character Apu, in part after a 2017 documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” drew attention to the issue. Azaria still voices a wide range of characters on the show, such as Moe and Chief Wiggum.
“The Simpsons” is far from the only animated series to address this issue in recent months.
Following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement during the summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, “Family Guy” actor Mike Henry, who is white, announced that he would stop playing the black character Cleveland. Since then, Arif Zahir has assumed that role.
In Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Jenny Slate stopped playing Missy (Ayo Edebiri has since assumed the role) and the Apple TV + series “Central Park” reverted to playing the bi-racial character Molly, who was originally played by Kristen Bell and is now performed by “Umbrella Academy” star Emmy Raver-Lampman.
“The Simpsons” is currently in season 32 and airs Sundays at 8 pm on Fox.