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Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

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The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria’s voiceover of Indian-American character Apu.

Mr Azaria said earlier this year that he was stepping down from the role.

The entertainment industry has come under growing pressure to provide more opportunities for non-white performers.

Friday’s announcement comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody on 25 May.

“Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers said in a short statement.

  • What’s changed since George Floyd’s death?

In January, Mr Azaria said he would no longer be performing the voice of Indian convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a role he had played since the character was created in 1990.

“We all made the decision together… We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right thing,” he said at the time.

The show had been accused of using the character in a way that reinforced racial stereotypes.

Mr Azaria – who provides the voice of other characters, including black police officer Lou and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man – said he found it “very upsetting to me personally and professionally” that anyone felt marginalised because of Apu.

Fox Network’s statement on Friday did not say whether Apu or other characters would continue to feature in the show.

  • Apu: ‘A stereotype hiding in plain sight’
  • Not all Indians think Apu is a racist stereotype

Other white US actors to announce that they will no longer be providing voiceovers for people of colour include Mike Henry and Kristen Bell.

Mr Henry provided the voice of black character Cleveland Brown in the animated series Family Guy for 20 years.

“I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour,” he tweeted on Friday.

Ms Bell, who provided the voice of Molly, a mixed-race child, in the cartoon series Central Park, said doing so displayed “a lack of awareness”.

“Casting a mixed race character [with a] white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience,” she added.

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Hot Cyber Monday Nintendo

Searching for an incredible Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch bargain? At that point you’ve arrived on the correct page. Despite the fact that we’ve just observed some awesome Black Friday Nintendo Switch bargains this week, it would appear that retailers have been keeping a couple of tempting groups down. As we head into Cyber Monday, more Switch bargains continue coming however keep on selling out quick, especially in the US.

And keeping in mind that Nintendo Switch bargains are taking off the racks, there are still some fabulous Switch limits accessible at the present time. In the US, GameStop has the Switch with Mario china for only $299 on pre-request for mid-December, which we’re certain will sell out as well, and there’s a lot of games from $14.99, best case scenario, Buy.

In the interim, Currys in the UK has a Nintendo Switch Lite pack, which incorporates Animal Crossing and Minecraft, discounted for just £239, while the Nintendo Switch Fortnite group is £279.

The US is by all accounts battling to stay aware of interest at this moment, which implies that consistently includes in your interest to get the best Nintendo Switch bargain accessible. That implies you’ll need to move rapidly to get these proposals before these Black Friday bargains end, and Cyber Monday starts.

The Nintendo Switch was at that point perhaps the most sultry item paving the way to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with stock selling out quick. The official Black Friday pack in the US included Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month membership to Nintendo Online for $299, however that group has never been available for in excess of a couple of moments. You can pursue stock alarms on the Black Friday Switch group at Walmart, however, on the off chance that you’d preferably attempt and catch it before it sells out once more.

Meanwhile, we’ve gathered together the best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch gives you can get in the US and the UK, and we’ll refresh this page if and when we see better packages come into stock in the US.

You’ll discover every one of these offers just beneath. However, for those not in the US or UK, you can look down for the best Nintendo Switch costs in your locale.

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Three further deaths and 315 new cases reported

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A further three individuals have passed on in Northern Ireland in the wake of contracting Covid, the Department of Health has affirmed.

The passings happened over the most recent 24 hours, bringing the loss of life to 986 individuals.

Another 351 individuals have tried positive for the infection, bringing the absolute number of contaminations since the pandemic started to 52,175.

There are 414 Covid-19 patients in Northern Ireland medical clinics, with 34 patients in concentrated consideration. 29 individuals are as of now ventilated.

Medical clinic inhabitance is as of now at 93% and 142 consideration homes have detailed dynamic episodes of the infection.

It comes after it arose that mass immunizations in Northern Ireland could start in only fourteen days time.

Wellbeing trusts have advised staff they are planning to being immunization facilities on December 14 and run them into mid 2021.

Be that as it may, the initiation of the inoculation program is dependent upon various antibodies in late-stage preliminaries getting administrative endorsement, which is normal in the coming days.

Also, some medical services experts stay mindful over the probability that the program will get going by the December 14 objective

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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Nine further deaths and 315 new cases reported

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A further nine individuals have passed on subsequent to contracting Covid in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has affirmed.

Eight individuals have kicked the bucket over the most recent 24 hours, with one individual dying outside of this period.

The loss of life as indicated by the Department of Health has now ascended to 983 individuals.

Another 315 individuals have tried positive for the infection, bringing the absolute number of contaminations since the pandemic started to 51,824.

There are 410 Covid-19 patients in emergency clinic in Northern Ireland, with 33 patients in concentrated consideration. 29 patients are at present ventilated.

Emergency clinic inhabitance is 97%.

There are 142 dynamic episodes of the infection in consideration homes.

It comes after boss clinical official Dr Michael McBride said another lockdown in Northern Ireland isn’t inescapable if the public adhere to the wellbeing direction over the Christmas time frame.

The pubic wellbeing master said that while he expected disease rates to build following Christmas relaxations, the degree of the ascent will rely upon public conduct.

“It relies upon us all. There will be a restitution for the relaxations over Christmas. However, I believe it’s the correct activity. It’s significant for our emotional well-being and for our prosperity, however we will see expanded transmission,” he said.

“At the point when we meet up, the infection is there and the infection will spread. So we truly should be cautious, what we have to do is get the infection down as low before we go into the Christmas time frame as could reasonably be expected and be truly cautious over Christmas.”

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