Henry, who also uttered the character on the now-canceled “The Cleveland Show,” made the announcement Friday night on Twitter, writing that it has been an honor to play the character for 20 years.
“I love this character, but people of color should have characters of color,” he said. “So I’ll give up the role.”
The announcement comes shortly after “The Simpsons,” a FOX show like “Family Guy,” that would no longer do white actors see non-white characters
. That decision came months after Hank Azaria said he would no longer give voice to Apu’s popular “Simpsons” character, who had been criticized as a racist, stereotypical and demanding portraitist of South Asian people.
But “Family Guy” also has other non-white characters spoken by white actors, including Tricia Takanawa, voiced by Alex Borstein, who also sees matriarch Lois Griffin.
Henry is one of the many white actors who shrunk
All of this is part of recent pop culture racial count,
as more and more creators and actors of color demand responsibility of Hollywood and the entertainment industry
Popular comedian Jenny Slate was also seen this week abandon his role in “Big Bouth”
as Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a young mixed-race girl. In an explanation posted on Instagram, Slate wrote, “The black characters in an animation show should be played by blacks.”
“At the beginning of the series, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible to play ‘Missy’ because her mother is Jewish and white, like me. But ‘Missy’ is also a black and white character in a show. animation. blacks should be played “, she said.
Citing her own “general privilege,” Kristen Bell also announced
he abandons his role as a mixed-race character in Apple TV’s animated series, “Central Park.”
Bell and the creative team behind the show acknowledge “that casting Molly’s character is an opportunity to get the right representation: to cast a black or mixed race actress and give Molly a resounding voice with all the nuances and experiences of the character. as we have drawn it, “they wrote in a statement.
Alison Brie, who voiced Vietnamese character Diane Nguyen on Netflix’s “Knight BoJack” as well spoke on Friday
saying he wishes he had not expressed his voice.
“I now understand that people of color, must always give voice to people of color. We have missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community with precision and respect, and that is why I am really sorry,” he wrote. “I applaud everyone who has strayed from their roles in the last few days. I’ve learned a lot from them.”