Mike Henry will no longer vote for Cleveland on 'Family Guy'

Mike Henry will no longer vote for Cleveland on ‘Family Guy’

Henry, who the character also voiced on the already canceled “The Cleveland Show,” took to Twitter on Friday night, writing that it was an honor to play the character for 20 years.

“I love this character, but people of color need to play color characters,” he said. “So I’m going to step down.”

The announcement comes shortly after The Simpsons, a FOX show like “Family Guy,” who said they would they no longer have white actors voting non-white characters. That decision came months after Hank Azaria said he would no longer vote on the popular character of Apu, The Simpsons, who has been criticized as a racist, stereotypical and shameful portrait of the South Asian people.

But “Family Guy” has other non-white characters portrayed by white actors, including Tricia Takanawa, played by Alex Borstein, who also reads Matriarch Lois Griffin.

Henry is one of many white actors leaving

It’s all part of recent pop culture racial calculation, as more and more color creators and actors demand responsibility from Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
Popular comedian Jenny Slate was also a guest this week step down from his role in “Big Mouth” as Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a young girl of mixed race. In an explanation posted on Instagram, Slate wrote, “Black characters in an animated show should be played by blacks.”
“At the beginning of the show, I explained to myself that I was allowed to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and white – as am I. But Missy is also black and the black characters in the animated show should be played by blacks,” she said.
Citing her own “penetrating privilege,” Kristen Bell also announced leaves the role of a mixed race character in the animated series Apple TV + “Central Park”.

Bell and the creative team behind the show recognize “that playing Molly is an opportunity for a real show – playing Black or a mixed race actress and giving Molly a voice that resonates with all the nuances and experiences of the character. The way we drew her,” they wrote in a statement.

Alison Brie, who also expressed the Vietnamese character Diane Nguyen on Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” spoke on Friday, saying he wished she hadn’t uttered the character.

“Now I understand that people of color should always express people of color. We missed a great opportunity to present the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully and for that I am really sorry,” she wrote. “I commend all those who have withdrawn from their role in the vote in recent days. I have learned a lot from them.”

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