logo
Shutterstock.com
Shutterstock.com

Mike Henry Who Voiced Black 'Family Guy' Character Steps down to Give Way to Black Actors

Kareena Koirala
Jun 30, 2020
04:30 A.M.

Mike Henry, a white actor who voiced Cleveland Brown in the beloved animated sitcom "Family Guy," has decided to give up his role so that a person of color can have it.

Advertisement

Mike Henry will no longer be the voice of the Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy." The actor announced in a tweet that he is exiting his role as the show's beloved character Cleveland Brown.

"It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years."

The actor revealed that he wants to give up the role since the character is of color and he believes that a person of color should play it.

Advertisement

NOT THE ONLY ONE

Henry has been with the sitcom for over two decades since its first season aired in 1999. He is also the voice behind a Latina maid in the series named Consuela in addition to several other minor characters.

Advertisement

Actress Kristen Bell is also set to be replaced as the voice of a biracial Black character Molly in "Central Park."

In the "Family Guy" spin-off series "The Cleveland Show," he voiced Cleveland as well as his stepson of color, Rallo Tubbs. The show ran from 2009 to 2013.

Advertisement

Henry's announcement came after Jenny Slate, the actress who voiced a biracial character Missy on "Big Mouth," said she will no longer be continuing her role.

Actress Kristen Bell is also set to be replaced as the voice of a biracial Black character Molly in "Central Park" as a part of the racial reckoning that is happening in Hollywood following the tragic death of George Floyd.

Advertisement

WAVE OF CHANGE

In a lengthy Instagram post, the actress announced that she will no longer be playing the part, saying that casting a white actress for the role undermines the "specificity of the mixed-race and Black American experience."

Long before the case of George Floyd rattled the nation and made people speak out against racism in the form of protests, people had stood up against racial injustice in Hollywood.

Kristen Bell visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 22, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Kristen Bell visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 22, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

In January, Hank Azaria announced he will no longer be the voice of Apu, an Indian character, in "The Simpsons" after playing the role for decades. The

His decision was a result of an uproar caused after comedian Hari Kondabolu's 2017 documentary "The Problem With Apu" highlighted how South Asians really felt about Apu's character being their only representative.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

‘Home Alone 2’: The Fate of the Cult Actors of the Movie People Love to Rewatch

November 10, 2023

‘Law & Order’ Chris Noth Raises 2 Biracial Sons with a Wife He Did Not Marry for 10 Years

May 02, 2024

This Girl "Destroyed" Great Sitcom Actress' Life with One Tweet - The Star Was Fired & Lost Everything

March 04, 2024

Thandiwe Newton's Parents: They Married in Zambia and Gave Birth to the Actress in England

November 20, 2023

‘Friends’ Star Lisa Kudrow Has Lived in the Same House with Husband for over 25 Years — a Glimpse Inside

May 01, 2024

‘Home Alone’ Cast Then & Now: What Became of the Actors from the Iconic 1990 Christmas Movie

December 07, 2023

This Walmart Employee Is Child Star’s Spouse - She Died Homeless in His Arms

February 05, 2024

'The Honeymooners' Star Joyce Randolph Dies in Her Sleep - Her Son Speaks Out

January 15, 2024

Mayim Bialik Announces She Was Told She's No Longer 'Jeopardy!' Host, Making Fans Emotional

December 16, 2023

Jennifer Aniston Steps Out in Wool Pants with a Train Hanging Out from Them, Sparkling Mixed Reactions

January 18, 2024

'One Life to Live' Star Kamar de Los Reyes Tragically Dies at 56 - His 3 Sons Were 'Everything' for Him

December 26, 2023

'Family Ties': What Happened to the Stars of the Iconic Series

November 11, 2023

Husband Leaves Wheelchair-Bound Wife, Few Years Later Sees Her Walking in Park with Another Man — Story of the Day

April 18, 2024

John Goodman Moved to Raise Daughter Far from Showbiz — At 71, He's Sober & 200 Pounds Lighter

November 24, 2023