Harry Shearer Criticizes ‘Woke’ Changes in ‘The Simpsons’


Actor and comedian Harry Shearer, who voices numerous characters on The Simpsons, mentioned that the show has recently adopted a more “woke” stance.

“People say the show has become woke in recent years, and one of my characters has been affected,” Shearer told the Sunday Times. “I voiced the black physician, Dr. Hibbert, whom I based on Bill Cosby.”

Shearer then explained how absurd that decision was, highlighting the broader absurdity of what he termed “woke fascism”…

Here’s the most ironic part: “The result is a black man imitating a white man imitating the whitest black man on TV.”

It’s all profoundly misguided.

But this is how affluent and comfortable America has become, so much so that we have ample time to fret over inconsequential matters. We live in such a low-racism society that, in an effort to simulate participating in historic civil rights movements, we often turn non-issues into issues.

A white man respectfully voicing a black cartoon character is the antithesis of racism.

Why must a black man voice a black cartoon character?

Reflect on that.

Does it make sense?

The primary difference between a white person and a black person is skin color. If Shearer is not using the voice to stereotype or demean, why should anyone be concerned?

Shearer is an 80-year-old seasoned artist. Undoubtedly, he has more in common with a middle-aged doctor than with a teenager, a working-class person, a politician, or even a baby.

The Simpsons’ creators probably made this choice after facing backlash over the Apu controversy. It seems America’s priorities are skewed.

It’s all so irrational. It’s about sowing division over trivial matters. Moreover, it’s about a wealthy nation like America breeding generations who, living in such incredible comfort and tolerance, have time to conjure up fake controversies for protest and attention.

This reflects nothing short of left-wing, racial McCarthyism, which is why I’m stepping away from contemporary “entertainment.” This mindset has permeated everything. Fortunately, with nearly a century of films and 70 years of television devoid of this “anti-art” attitude, there’s plenty of quality content from the past to enjoy.

John Nolte
John Nolte
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