On Tuesday (Jun 24), actress Jenny Slate took to Instagram to announce that she would no longer be the voice of “Missy” the Black character on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, before adding that her decision was based on the fact that the role should be voiced by a Black person.
But Missy is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people,” Slate wrote.
“I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed, that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy, and that in me playing Missy, I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people.
“After thoughtful discussion with us and our Black collaborators, Jenny Slate has decided, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Missy on Big Mouth should be voiced by a Black actor,” the collective wrote.
We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we’re working hard to do better moving Actress Will No Longer Voice Black Character on Hit Netflix Series
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