Matt Groening has come out and said that he "didn't have a problem" with white actors voicing non-white characters.
But that's not all he said. Keep scrolling to have a look...
To understand why this problem deserves recognition, we need to understand the history behind it.
Whitewashing has always been a problem when it comes to history. From the Egyptians to Jesus himself, whitewashing has taken real-life events and told them through the eyes of white people for centuries.
What is whitewashing?
According to Merriam Webster, whitewashing can be defined in such terms: "To alter (something) in a way that favors, features, or caters to white people: such as: - To portray (the past) in a way that increases the prominence, relevance, or impact of white people and minimizes or misrepresents that of nonwhite people."
It's not too hard to believe just from what we know already.
It's no secret that most countries around the world were colonized by white people who ravaged the land, slaughtered the civilians living there, and stole their assets to pass off their own. You only have to step into a museum to know that to be true.
But in the modern-day and age, the evidence of this is seen in the whitewashing of the media.
Unconsciously, and sometimes, consciously, it seems as though we've been conditioned to whitewashed ideals, whether it be in beauty standards, or telling specific stories related to one particular group.
It is important to use your platform to try and amplify the voices that have been historically muffled.
And Kim Kardashian also spoke out:
But the latest display of solidarity involves more than just a few Instagram posts.
Actors are now putting their words into action by making sure they are allowing Black and NBPOC people to have their voices heard across multiple industries.
It all started when Jenny Slate made a shocking announcement.
She took to Instagram to make her decision clear.
Do you remember this?
One of the most recent, outrageous whitewashed portrayals has to go to Scarlett Johansson who was cast to play a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell. Were there no actual Japanese actors to play the role or what?
Of course, there were!
I mean, it's completely absurd. This happened throughout history in order to portray whiteness as the "superior race," but in modern society, to be so blatantly obvious would be a crime so it is dying out.
But the already limited Black roles on TV should be played by Black people.
"Then Black people shouldn't voice white roles."
Sorry, but if the percentage of other races on TV was equal to white roles, no one would have to. So sort that out first before you start trying to claim "tokenism."
It is no surprise that people were feeling uncomfortable with their roles.
The actress had some wise words for us all...
And Mike Henry also came forward to talk about the issue.
The Family Guy actor was the voice of the African-American character Cleveland Brown since 1999 but announced his departure from the role a few months ago.
And now, Matt Groening has also made his views heard:
The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, spoke out on the show's decision to stop having white voice actors voicing non-white characters.
He said this:
"Times change, but I actually didn't have a problem with the way we were doing it. All of our actors play dozens of characters each; it was never designed to exclude anyone."
When asked if he regretted how he handled the situation he said this:
"At a certain point, it doesn't matter what you say. You're going to be attacked by whoever, you know? We're not going out of our way to comfort bigots. On the other hand, if you do any kind of gesture and people perceive a weakness, you'll be criticized."
"We're trying to make it better," he added.
"Bigotry and racism are still an incredible problem and it's good to finally go for more equality and representation."
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