Topic Reading-Vol.3006-7/4/2020

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Topic Reading-Vol.3006-7/4/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/07/04 Topic Reading-Vol.3006-7/4/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

Voice actor/actress is an actor who provides voice-overs or who voices characters in animated films, video games, etc. Indeed, voice actors audibly create the characterizer’s image and perception among the audience. It is not uncommon for a voice actor/actress to play the role of more than one character in animation. Also, some voice actors voiceover a character of a different race, color, nationality, or even gender. So, it had not been overly critical for a white voice actor to play the role of an Indian convenience store owner, black police officer, and the Mexican-American Bumblebee Man in US animated comedy series The Simpsons. However, the recent Black Lives Matter movement, pushed the producer, along with the staff and actors of the animation series, to decide that it will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters.

As reported in Vol.3005 yesterday, it seems that better to act rather than wait is the recent trend in the US where 60% of the population is estimated to be white, not including Hispanic or Latino.

But if only persons of a specific color should play characters of the color in animation or game, should persons of race or sex play characters of the race or sex? Is the character of the person more important than the skill to play the role? Will job postings state the race or color restrictions for the job?

Read the article and think about how far this character issue will go.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53201667

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