Kristen Bell (39) and Jenny Slate (38) give up their roles as voice actors for colored characters in animation series. They both interpreted a colored character as white women, and thought that it was no longer appropriate in the light of ‘Black lives matter’.
Kristen Bell, known as the voice of Anna from Frozen, quits her role in the cartoon Central Park on Apple TV +, where she portrayed the character of Molly, a girl of mixed descent. The show started a month ago. “It’s time to face our complicity. The fact that I played Molly shows that I was unaware of my pervasive privilege. Casting a white actor for a mixed-race character undermines the specificity of mixed-race and the experience of black Americans, ‘Bell wrote on Twitter.
The creators of the show support her decision. Kristen Bell is a talented actress who was involved with the show even before a character was created. But after reflection, the creative team, along with Kristen, decided that Molly’s character offers an opportunity to do representation just right. We need to have Molly spoken by a black actress so that her character is how we drew her in all nuances. ” Bell is likely to remain involved with the show, with the creation of a new character.
Jenny Slate says goodbye to her character Missy Formeman-Greenwald in the Netflix series Big Mouth, a role she has played since 2017. She explains on Instagram why she came to that decision. “At the beginning of the series, I decided it was okay to play Missy, because her mother is Jewish and white, just like me. But Missy is also black, and black animated figures should be voiced by black actors. I find that my reasoning was incorrect, it was an example of white privilege, ”she writes. “Stepping away from my role as Missy is a step in the lifelong process of exposing racism in my actions.”