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The Behind The Scenes Controversy That Changed Cleveland From Family Guy Forever

For an impressive 20 seasons Foxs Family Guy has been bringing belly laughs to audiences as they enjoy the hilariously crude antics of Peter Griffin Seth MacFarlane and the other residents of Quahog When Peter isnt with his wife Lois Alex Borstein children and talking dog Brian MacFarlane he can be spotted hanging out with his three friends Glenn Quagmire MacFarlane Joe Swanson Patrick Warburton and Cleveland Brown Mike Henry The latter is the only Black character in Quahog not unlike TokenTolkien Adrien Beard in Comedy Centrals South Park In 2009 Cleveland landed his own spinoff series The Cleveland Show which aired for four seasons.

Unlike in Family Guy Clevelands race is celebrated in the spinoff rather than briefly touched upon An entire episode is dedicated to Black History Month with Cleveland waking his kids up at the crack of dawn to get the festivities started In another episode baby Rallo Henry sets out on a mission to find his sister Roberta Nia Long Reagan Gomez a relationship with a Black man who he feels would be a better fit than her white boyfriend Federline Jamie Kennedy.

Since the inception of Family Guy in 1999 Mike Henry has voiced Cleveland as well as other favorites such as housekeeper Consuela perverted neighbor John Herbert and GreasedUpDeafGuy But in June 2020 the voice actor who is white announced that hed be stepping down from his role of Cleveland He said on Twitter I love this character but persons of color should play characters of color.

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