USA animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say.
The state of play: One character on the show, Apu, was seen as an offensive caricature that "perpetuated ugly stereotypes about South Asians" to many Indian Americans and immigrants, the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj wrote in 2018.
"Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters", Fox spokesman Les Eisner said in a statement on Friday.
The changes also come after Hank Azaria said in January that he would no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character he has played since 1990.
"On 'The Simpsons", one of the black characters, Carlton Carlson, has always been voiced by actor Hank Azaria.
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He also does the voice of the Latina maid, Consuela, on Family Guy.
Long-time cartoon sitcom "The Simpsons" announced on Friday that non-white characters will no longer be voiced by white actors.
Friday's announcement comes amid a widespread reckoning for United States pop culture about racism following mass protests this month over the killings of Black Americans by police that began following the death of George Floyd.
The character has always been seen as problematic and conveying racist stereotypes.
"Casting a mixed race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience", she said in her statement.
It looks like The Simpsons has finally made a decision to do the right thing.