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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Actresses Kristen Bell and Jenny Slate announced Wednesday that they would no longer play the roles of biracial characters in the animated series “Central Park” and “Big Mouth.” Slate announced her decision on Instagram saying, “I have come to the decision today that I can no longer play the character of “Missy” on  the animated TV show “Big Mouth.” 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.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenny Slate (@jennyslate) on Jun 24, 2020 at 1:00pm PDT She went on to say, “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...
    Slate, who is white, had previously voiced Missy, a bi-racial character on the show. Jenny Slate has announced her decision to step back from her voice role on the Netflix show Big Mouth. In a statement on Instagram, Slate said that she made the decision because she believed she was “engaging in the erasure of black people.” Slate, who is white, had previously voiced the bi-racial character Missy on the show. “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,” Slate wrote in her statement. The comedian continued, saying that ending her portrayal of Missy was just one step in uncovering the racism of her actions. She wrote that she knew she had made mistakes in the past and is ready to take accountability for her choices. She concluded by offering an apology, saying that Black voices must be heard. View...
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