‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Central Park’ will recast Black characters previously played by white actors

'Big Mouth' and 'Central Park' will recast Black characters previously played by white actors

Jenny Slate is stepping down from her role as Missy on the hit Netflix series Big Mouth.

Slate, who is a white, Jewish woman, has voiced the character since Big Mouth launched in 2017. But Missy is biracial, with a white, Jewish mother and a Black father. In her statement explaining the departure, posted on Instagram, Slate directly addresses the issue.

“At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play ‘Missy’ because her mom is Jewish and White – as am I. But ‘Missy’ is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people,” the statement reads. Read more…

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