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Jenny Slate lends her voice to Missy, a character in the Netflix cartoon Big Mouth, and recently announced that she will be leaving the role to ensure that a black person can voice her with greater representation.
On her Instagram, she says: “At the beginning of the show, I thought it was allowed to play Missy because her mother is Jewish and white – just like me. But Missy is also black, and black characters on an animation program should be played by blacks. “
The change was a request from the actress herself to the show’s producers, who agreed to the change. In a statement on Twitter, creators Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett wrote: “We are proud of the representation Missy has offered to women of color, intelligent and sensitive, and we plan to continue this representation and further increase the character of Missy how we chose a new black actor to play her. “
The voice makeover will start from the fifth season of Big Mouth, as Slate had already recorded his voice for episodes of the fourth phase, expected to air later this year.
The Hollywood Reporter portal also announces that another drawing will also undergo a change in the dubbing cast, confirm Kristen Bell will leave Molly, a Central Park character, for the same reason.
Bell broke the news on his Instagram: “This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine. Playing the character Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my widespread privilege as a white actress undermines race specificity. mixed and from the experience of black Americans. It was wrong and we, the Central Park team, are committed to correcting it. I am happy to abandon this role to someone who can give a much more accurate interpretation and I will commit to learning, growing and do my part for equality and inclusion “.
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