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Jenny Slate stepped down from her role as Missy on the Netflix hit animated series, Big Mouth. She said she stepped down because she felt a Black voiceover actor would be a better fit for the role of Missy. Initially, Slate said she felt connected with Missy because the cartoon character had a Jewish and white mother, just like her.
“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,” she said in her statement.
Slate said her resignation from Big Mouth is one step in the right direction for racial equality.
“Ending my portrayal of “Missy” is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions,” she continued.
Slate said she takes full accountability of her past actions and will continue to help fight against racial injustices.
“I will continue to engage in meaningful anti-racist action, to be thoughtful about the messages in my work, to be curious and open to feedback, and to do my best to take responsibility for the ways that I am a part of the problem,” Slate wrote.
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