Henry, who also reviewed 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 have to play color characters,” he said. “So, I’m going to give up the role.”
The announcement comes just after “The Simpsons,” a FOX show like “Family Guy,” said it would they no longer have white actors voicing non-White characters
. This decision came months after Hank Azaria said he no longer had the voice of the popular “Simpsons” character Apu, who had been criticized as a racist, stereotypical and bleak picture of South Asia.
But “Family Guy” also has other non-white characters voiced by white actors, including Tricia Takanawa, voiced by Alex Borstein, who also voiced matriarch Lois Griffin.
Henry is one of several failing white actors
All of this is a part of recent pop culture harvested
as more and more creators and actors demand demand from Hollywood and the entertainment industry
This week also saw the popular comedy Jenny Slate resigning from his role in “Big Mouth”
as Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a young mixed race. In an explanation posted to Instagram, Slate wrote, “Black characters in an animated show should be played by Blacks.”
“At the beginning of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was allowed for me to play‘ Missy ’because my mom is Jewish and white – like I was I. But‘ Missy ’is also Black, and Black characters in a animated show. It will have to be played by Blacks, ” she said.
Citing her own “persuasive privilege,” Kristen Bell announced also
he abandons his role as a mixed-race character in the Apple TV + 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 voice that resonates with all the nuances and the character’s experiences. as they drew it, ”they wrote in a statement.
Alison Brie, who played Vietnamese character Diane Nguyen in Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” spoke on Friday
, saying she wishes she hadn’t voiced the character.
“I understand that people of color have always voiced people of color. We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community with precision and respect, and for that I am really sorry,” he wrote. “I applaud all those who have opened up their voice roles in recent days. I’ve learned a lot from them.”