A few months ago it was announced that ‘The Simpsons’ was going to have white actors to lend their voices to black characters. The series did not take long to hire Alex Désert to replace Hank Azaria as Carl, but Harry Shearer he was still doubling up to Dr. Hibbert, but that has come to him with the signing of Kevin Michael Richardson to take their place.
A change from one week to another
In addition, the change will take place instantly, since Shearer was still the voice of Hibbert in the episode of ‘The Simpsons’ premiered in the United States on February 21, while Richardson’s debut will take place in the one that will be seen on Fox this Sunday, February 28.
It is striking that they took so long to do this when Richardson had already worked as a voice actor in more than 70 episodes of ‘The Simpsons’, all of them sporadic characters without much presence. It is true that Dr. Hibbert is not one of the most recurring secondary, but it is certainly a very substantial improvement for him.
For his part, Shearer has not made any statement about a change that does not imply his departure from the series, since will continue to be the voice of, among others, Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders or Director Skinner in the original version of ‘The Simpsons’.
Whoever has spoken about what happened has been Matt Groening, creator of the most beloved yellow family on television. According to him “Times change but I had no problems with the way it was done. All of our actors play dozens of characters each, it was never made to exclude anyone“Yes, he is glad that things are changing because”intolerance and racism are still an incredible problem and it is okay that we bet on more equality and representation“.
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