Jenny Slate announces she's leaving Big Mouth: 'Black characters should be played by Black people'

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Jenny Slate announces she's leaving Big Mouth: 'Black characters should be played by Black people'

Jenny Slate has decide to part ways with the Netflix animated comedy Big Mouth.The 38-year-old former Saturday Night Live star announced on social

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Jenny Slate has decide to part ways with the Netflix animated comedy Big Mouth.

The 38-year-old former Saturday Night Live star announced on social media Wednesday that she was no longer comfortable voicing a biracial character since she is white.

Nick Kroll and his co-creators Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Melissa Flackett simultaneously announced their support for her decision and vowed to recast the part with a Black actor.

Stepping aside: Jenny Slate, 38, announced Wednesday that she would no longer voice a biracial character on Netflix's animated comedy Big Mouth so that a Black actor could be cast; pictured in January

Stepping aside: Jenny Slate, 38, announced Wednesday that she would no longer voice a biracial character on Netflix’s animated comedy Big Mouth so that a Black actor could be cast; pictured in January

Slate shared a simple text post to social media explaining her decision to leave the show following its third season.

‘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,’ she wrote. 

‘But “Missy” is also Black and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people.’

Slate wrote that her ‘original reasoning was flawed’ and said it was an example of white privilege.

‘In me playing “Missy,” I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people,’ she continued. ‘Ending my portrayal of “Missy” is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions.’

Coming to terms: Slate wrote that her 'original reasoning [for playing a biracial character] was flawed' and said it was an example of white privilege

Coming to terms: Slate wrote that her ‘original reasoning [for playing a biracial character] was flawed’ and said it was an example of white privilege

First step: 'In me playing "Missy," I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people,' she continued. 'Ending my portrayal of "Missy" is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions'; still from Big Mouth

First step: ‘In me playing “Missy,” I was engaging in an act of erasure of Black people,’ she continued. ‘Ending my portrayal of “Missy” is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions’; still from Big Mouth

Slate ended her post by vowing to engage in ‘meaningful anti-racist action’ and saying she was ‘so very sorry.’

Kroll and his collaborators had their own statement in support of the decision ready.

The group said they ‘wholeheartedly agree, that Missy on Big Mouth should be voiced by a Black actor.’

‘We sincerely apologize for and regret out original decision to cast a white actor to voice a biracial character,’ they continued.

‘We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we’re working hard to do better moving forward.’ 

Changes: Series star Nick Kroll joined his co-creators to support Slate's decision and vowed that a Black woman would voice the character in future seasons

Changes: Series star Nick Kroll joined his co-creators to support Slate’s decision and vowed that a Black woman would voice the character in future seasons

Saying sorry: 'We sincerely apologize for and regret out original decision to cast a white actor to voice a biracial character,' they wrote; still from Big Mouth

Saying sorry: ‘We sincerely apologize for and regret out original decision to cast a white actor to voice a biracial character,’ they wrote; still from Big Mouth

Support: The post also included thanks to Slate for 'her decision and for creating with us an inspiring, compassionate, and very human character'; Kroll pictured in December 2019

Support: The post also included thanks to Slate for ‘her decision and for creating with us an inspiring, compassionate, and very human character’; Kroll pictured in December 2019

The creators wrote that they were ‘proud’ of the way the character represented ‘cerebral, sensitive women of color’ and they vowed to recast with a Black actor.

The post also included thanks to Slate for ‘her decision and for creating with us an inspiring, compassionate, and very human character.’

‘We look forward to being able to explore Missy’s story with even greater authenticity in the years to come.’

In July 2019, Netflix renewed Big Mouth for an additional three seasons, through season six, though no premiere date has been announced for season four. 

Using her platform: In recent weeks, Slate's Instagram account has been peppered with posts raising awareness about systemic racism and advocating for defunding police; shown in May 2019

Using her platform: In recent weeks, Slate’s Instagram account has been peppered with posts raising awareness about systemic racism and advocating for defunding police; shown in May 2019

In recent weeks, Slate’s Instagram account has been peppered with posts raising awareness about systemic racism and advocating for defunding police.

In September, she revealed she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend Ben Shattuck, an art curator.

The Obvious Child star was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp from 2012–2016.

She also dated Avengers: Endgame star Chris Evans on and off from 2016 through 2018. 

Happy couple: In September, she revealed she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend Ben Shattuck, an art curator

Happy couple: In September, she revealed she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend Ben Shattuck, an art curator

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