Mike Henry has stepped down from his position because the voice of Cleveland Brown on Household Man after 20 years.
Henry mentioned the position ought to go to a ‘individual of color’ as he broke the information to followers.
In an announcement on Twitter he shared: “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Household Man for 20 years. I like this character, however individuals of colour ought to play characters of colour. Due to this fact, I will probably be stepping down from the position.”
Henry has been an everyday on the animated sitcom because it first aired in 1999.
He beforehand claimed he developed the voice of Cleveland after being impressed by considered one of his pal’s regional accents.
“I performed basketball with this man and his voice simply caught in my head,” Henry instructed reporters.
In addition to voicing Cleveland, Henry additionally voiced the character of Latina maid Consuela.
When the Cleveland Present spin off was launched in 2009, Henry additionally took on the position of Cleveland’s black stepson Rallo Tubbs.
The sequence obtained combined evaluations from critics and was axed in 2013 after 4 seasons.
Household Man creator Seth MacFarlane has but to answer the information however did re-tweet Henry’s assertion to his 14million Twitter followers.
Henry’s choice comes after a lot of white actors took the choice to step down from voicing black characters on animated sequence in the previous couple of months.
In January Hank Azaria mentioned he’ll not voice the character of Indian migrant Apu on The Simpsons following years of controversy and accusations of racism.
This was adopted with Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate quitting their respective roles in Central Park and Huge Mouth the place they voiced black characters.
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