What you need to know
- Kristen Bell is changing her role in TV+ show Central Park
- She played Molly, a mixed-race character.
- She says that a Black or mixed-race actress should be cast in the role.
Kristen Bell will no longer play Molly in the Apple TV+ show Central Park, stating that she believes her character, who is mixed-race, should be played by a Black or mixed-race actress.
This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Heres 1 of mine. Playing the Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience. pic.twitter.com/8AL8m4K7UkThis is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Heres 1 of mine. Playing the Molly in Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience. pic.twitter.com/8AL8m4K7Uk— Kristen Bell (@KristenBell) June 25, 2020June 25, 2020
The statement says:
Bell will remain with the show in a "new role", but a new actress will be found for Molly. The statement says "we profoundly regret that we might have contributed to anyone's feeling of exclusion or erasure."
Central Park is a musical comedy about a family that lives in, you guessed it, Central Park. From the show's own description:
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