'The Simpsons' Harry Shearer disagrees with new direction to hire actors of color to play characters of color: ‘The job is playing someone I’m not’

Harry Shearer, is speaking his mind about "The Simpsons" new direction. In an interview on Times Radio in the U.K., the star of such classic comedies as "This Is Spinal Tap" and "A Mighty Wind" addressed the choice to recast key Springfield citizens. “I have a very simple belief about acting,” said Shearer, whose cast of characters on The Simpsons includes newscaster Kent Brockman, good neighbor Ned Flanders and physician, Dr. Julius Hibbert, who is a Black character. “The job of the actor is to play someone who they’re not. That’s the gig. That’s the job description.”

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