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‘The Simpsons’ stopped using White actors to voice non-White characters



'The Simpsons' stopped using White actors to voice non-White characters

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voicing non-white characters,” Fox spokesman Les Eisner said in a statement Friday.

During the three decades since the animation sitcom began, he used White actors to play a number of non-White characters including Harry Shearer as Dr. Julius Hibbert and Hank Azaria as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

In January, Azaria announced it would stop voicing Apu after 30 years of playing a heavily accented Indian-American character. Azaria is not South Asia.

“What we know is that I will not do that voice again, unless there is a way to change it or something,” Azaria said, according to / film, an industry news blog that reports on it has asked actors about this issue after the panel discussion.

The decision to exclude Azaria from voicing Apu was a joint decision, according to the actor, according to / Film. “We all agree,” he said. “We all feel that’s the right and good thing about it.”

Comedian Hari Kondabolu – whose 2017 documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” pushed controversies about characters into the mainstream – reacted in twitter said that he hoped “The Simpsons” would take care of Apu and let “a very talented writing staff do something interesting with him.”

“My documentary ‘Problems with Apu’ was not made to eliminate outdated cartoon characters, but to discuss my race, representation & community (which I love very much),” Kondabolu wrote. “It’s also about how you can love something (like Simpsons) & still be critical about that aspect (Apu).”

In his document, Kondabolu interviewed celebrities of South Asian descent, including Aziz Ansari and Kal Penn, to discuss how a character like Apu could be seen as racism.

The program responded in the April 2018 episode to the strong reaction to Apu, who runs the Kwik-E-Mart store in the longest-running prime-time series on TV.

In the episode, young Lisa Simpson said, “Something that started a few decades ago and applauded and politely is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” Lisa then glanced at a framed Apu photo that reads the message, “Don’t have a cow.”

Hank Azaria is willing step aside from playing Apu
Azaria later that month told the presenter “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he would be happy to move away from Apu and disagree with how the show handled criticism.

“The idea that anyone – young or old, past or present – is intimidated or ridiculed based on Apu’s character, it really makes me sad,” said Azaria, who voiced other characters on the show.

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“That is clearly not my intention,” he said. “I want to spread laughter and excitement with this character, and the idea that it brings pain and suffering in any way, that it is used to marginalize people, is disappointing.”

CNN’s Frank Pallotta, Brian Lowry and Leah Asmelash contributed to this article.

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A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia



A moment of silence in Portuguese football over the tragedy in Indonesia

The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced this Sunday a minute of silence at the competitions it organizes, namely the Portuguese Cup, in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred in Indonesia.

“The Directorate of the Portuguese Football Federation announces a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred at the football stadium in Indonesia. The official website of the organization.

In the same note, FPF President Fernando Gomes says that “with great surprise and a feeling of deep pain, but also indignation” he learned “of the tragic scale of the events that have taken place in the stadium. in Indonesia”.

“It is with great sadness that I deplore the dramatic consequences of this tragedy, which resulted in the death of more than 170 fans, including many children. A football stadium should be a stage for celebration and joy, not for violence and death,” he said. concluded.

A moment of silence will be observed at the competitions organized by the FPF, namely the Portuguese Cup, the second stage of which will take place this weekend.

Indonesian authorities said 174 people were killed in unrest at the end of a football match in East Java, but acknowledged that the number could rise as many of them were critically injured.

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The tragedy, one of the worst in the history of football, occurred on Saturday evening when about 3,000 fans took to the field after Arema’s home team lost 3-2 to rivals Persebay Surabaya.

Police fired tear gas to try to contain the angry supporters, but their actions caused panic and thousands of people rushed to the exit.

Many people were trampled to death in the chaos of the stampede. At least two police officers were killed in the unrest that spread outside the stadium.

The Indonesian league was suspended and the authorities ordered an investigation into the incidents.

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New serious injury of the player of the national team of Portugal



Extremo português oferecido ao Manchester United Lesão Pedro Neto

An injury forces Pedro Neto to be substituted in the Wolves game.

Bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pedro Neto. The Portuguese received a new injury, and, according to Bruno Lage, it could be serious.

Away to West Ham, where the Portuguese lost 2-0, Pedro Neto was replaced in the 24th minute by Adama Traore, and after the match, the Wolves coach said that the injury could be “ugly”.

Wolves are now in the Premier League relegation zone, and Pedro Neto may be left with no hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.



The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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