The Simpsons Star Thinks White Actors Should Be Allowed To Play Non-White Characters

The Simpsons Star Thinks White Actors Should Be Allowed To Play Non-White Characters
Harry Shearer, a longtime voice actor on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, is not on board with the executive decision to stop letting white actors portray non-white characters. According to Shearer, who voices an array of roles from the white Mr. Burns to the African-American doctor Julius Hibbert, this decision goes against everything that being an actor stands for.

“I have a very simple belief about acting,” Shearer said on Monday during an interview with Times Radio. “The job of an actor is to play someone who they’re not.” The voice actor went on to say that he was not “opining” the actions of his superiors. Rather, he was merely trying to make a statement about his craft.

Shearer then clarified that he was supportive of the campaign to make Hollywood a more diverse and inclusive place. “People from all backgrounds should be represented in the writing and producing
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