Harry Shearer, who voices both Mr. Burns and Dr. Hibbert for The Simpsons, criticized the show’s decision to bar white actors from playing non-white characters.
“I have a very simple belief about acting,” Shearer said during a Monday interview with Matt Chorley on Times Radio. “The job of the actor is to play someone who they’re not.”
Shearer, who previously voiced the role of a Black doctor Julius Hibbert, noted that his opinion is not tied to the fact that he will no longer be playing certain characters. He explained that it won’t affect him, as they “don’t get paid by the voice.”
The Simpsons announced in June that the series would no longer have white actors