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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“My documentary ‘Problems with Apu’ was not made to eliminate outdated cartoon characters, but to discuss my race, representation & community (which I love very much),” Kondabolu wrote.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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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