Although Netflix renewed the series through season six, Slate will be ending her portrayal of Missy as “one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions. “I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and white—as I am,” Slate wrote in an Instagram statement. “But ‘Missy’ is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people.
Mike Henry, the voice behind Cleveland Brown on both Family Guy and the now defunct Cleveland Show, announced on June 26 that he’s stepping down from the role he’s been playing for over 20 years. “I love this character,” Henry wrote on Twitter, “but persons of color should play characters of color.
BoJack Horseman may have completed its final run on Netflix earlier this year, but Alison Brie wanted to express her regret for voicing Diane Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American character on the series for over 70 episodes. “In hindsight, I wish that I didn’t voice the character of Diane Nguyen,” Brie wrote on Instagram on June 27. “I now understand that people of color should always voice people of color.
Although Hank Azaria announced in January he would no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon after years of criticism and an entire documentary on the topic, The Simpsons has taken the next step. “Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” Fox spokesman Les Eisner said in a statement June 26, per BuzzFeed.
BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg also spoke about his “mistakes” in a 13-part Twitter thread from June 24. “We should have hired a Vietnamese writer, and a Vietnamese actress to play Diane,” he wrote in one tweet. “Or if not that, changed the character to match who we did hire.
This was never okay, BTW. https://t.co/MS2kNYN733— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 29, 2020