Kristen Bell is stepping down from certainly one of her latest performing gigs.
On Wednesday, it was introduced that the “Good Place” star would no longer seem in the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy “Central Park.”
Bell, 39, voiced a biracial character named Molly, the kid of characters performed by Leslie Odom Jr. and Kathryn Hahn, whose races match their characters’.
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The announcement was made by a handful of the show’s producers, which acknowledged that “casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right – to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we’ve drawn her.”
Bell additionally shared the assertion online, including certainly one of her personal.
“This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here’s 1 of mine. Playing the Molly in ‘Central Park’ shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience,” she mentioned.
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She continued, explaining that she’s “happy to relinquish the role” and pledging to “commit to learning, growing and doing my part for equality and inclusion.”
Creator Loren Bouchard had beforehand spoken about placing Bell in the function, saying the creators “just had to go forward” as a result of Bell was a great match for the function, however they “couldn’t make Molly white.”
“Central Park,” which is a handful of episodes into its freshman season at Apple TV+, stars Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Tituss Burgess and Stanley Tucci in addition to Odom and Hahn.
The announcement comes shortly after white actress Jenny Slate introduced that she’d no longer play the mixed-race Missy in Netflix’s “Big Mouth.”
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“I have come to the decision today that I can no longer play the character of ‘Missy’ on the animated TV show ‘Big Mouth,'” Slate mentioned in an announcement. “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.”