(PatriotHeadline.com)- Actors and actresses seem to be forgetting the key principle behind acting – the fact that the actors portray somebody else, and that the characters they play aren’t actually real. After a host of white voice actors were forced to embarrass themselves by apologizing for doing fantastic work voicing characters of all races in some of the nation’s favorite comic shows, Alison Brie has stepped up to apologize for voicing Diane Nguyen in Bojack Horseman.
If you’ve never seen the show, Bojack Horseman is a cartoon on Netflix that achieved great praise. It’s a drama about a washed-up actor who happens to be a horse. One character, Diane Nguyen, is an American-Vietnamese woman who has been voiced by Brie since the show’s inception in 2014. Now, Brie is saying she regrets it and that Netflix “missed a great opportunity” to cast an actress who was also a Vietnamese-American.
“In hindsight, I wish I didn’t voice the character of Diane Nguyen,” she said in an Instagram post published on Friday. “I now understand that people of color, should always voice people of color.”
Really? Who says? And why?
“We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community accurately, and for that I am truly sorry.”
I’d love to see what Brie would do if she could really go back in time and tell herself not to do it. Would she? Or is this just a shameless attempt at, once again, appeasing the mob?
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“I applaud all those who stepped away from their voiceover roles in recent days,” she said, reference the resignation of the voice of Family Guy legend Cleveland Brown. Mike Henry announced on Twitter that he would stop voicing Cleveland Brown, the popular African American character who even got his own spin-off show. Henry was the voice of Cleveland for 20 years, so it’ll be odd to hear him played by someone new.
Then, there’s Kristen Bell. She announced on Wednesday that she would stop playing the character Molly in the show Central Park. Jenny Slate also said she will stop being the voice of Missy on Big Mouth.
How did we go from campaigning for justice for George Floyd to…segregation in the TV industry?