In two separate announcements, Kristen Bell announced she would stop voicing Molly on Central Park, and Jenny Slate said she’d stop voicing Missy on Big Mouth so both roles could be recast with Black actors.
Kristen noted, “Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience.”
For her part, Jenny stated:
At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and white—as am I,” Slate wrote via Instagram on Tuesday. But ‘Missy’ is also Black and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people.
Here’s her full statement:
We’ll post updates when the new actors are announced!
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