Digital spy reports Big Mouth creators Nick Kroll, Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg and Mark Levin have announced that the character of Missy will be recast.
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, actress Jenny Slate’s portrayal of the biracial teenager in the animated Netflix show has come in for criticism, and she has now decided to step away from the role.
“After thoughtful discussion with us and our Black collaborators, Jenny Slate has decided, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Missy on Big Mouth should be voiced by a Black actor,” a statement read.
“We sincerely apologise for and regret our original decision to cast a white actor to voice a biracial character. We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we’re working hard to do better moving forward.
“We are proud of the representation that Missy has offered cerebral, sensitive women of colour, and we plan to continue that representation and further grow Missy’s character as we recast a new Black actor to play her.”
The programme-makers thanked Slate for her contribution to creating this “inspiring, compassionate and very human character”, while the team added that they look forward to exploring Missy’s story with “even greater authenticity”.
— nick kroll (@nickkroll) June 24, 2020