Jenny Slate And Kristen Bell Will No Longer Voice Biracial Cartoon Characters
Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell will stop providing their voices for biracial cartoon characters.
Slate portrayed Missy on the Netflix show Big Mouth. Slate’s initial justification was that Missy had a white, Jewish mother like her. Missy is also Black.
Slate posted on Instagram, “Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people. I acknowledge how my original reasoning is flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy, and that in me playing ‘Missy,’ I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.”
Kristen Bell plays a biracial character named Molly on the Apple TV Plus show, Central Park. Bell decided to step down saying, “Playing the Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience.”