Mike Henry will now not voice Household Man character Cleveland Brown, turning into the newest white actor to step away from taking part in a personality of colour on an animated sequence.
“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Household Man for 20 years,” he introduced on Twitter Friday. “I like this character, however individuals of colour ought to play characters of colour. Due to this fact, I might be stepping down from the position.”
Henry has voiced the character since Household Man debuted in 1999, and on the spinoff The Cleveland Present, which ran from 2009 to 2013.
A number of different actors have introduced this week that they’ll now not voice Black characters as Black Lives Matter protests proceed throughout the nation. Episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs that confirmed actors in blackface had been pulled from streaming providers earlier within the week, and on Wednesday, Jenny Slate introduced she would now not voice a Black character on Huge Mouth.
“At first of the present, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ as a result of her mother is Jewish and White — as am I,” Slate wrote on Instagram. “However ‘Missy’ can also be Black, and Black characters on an animated present ought to be performed by Black folks.”
Kristen Bell additionally introduced on Wednesday that she wouldn’t play a biracial character within the upcoming sequence Central Park and that the position can be recast.
“Casting a blended race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the blended race and Black American expertise,” Bell mentioned. “It was improper and we, on the Central Park group, are pledging to make it proper. I’m joyful to relinquish this position to somebody who can provide a way more correct portrayal and I’ll decide to studying, rising and doing my half for equality and inclusion.”
The present’s group launched an announcement saying they regretted casting a white lady within the position and mentioned Bell would proceed to play a task on the present, simply now not voicing the character.