Earlier this year, Kristen Bell made headlines after she accepted the role of a mixed race character in the Apple TV Plus animated series Central Park.
The character, Molly, has a Black father and white mother. There was backlash when Kristen's casting was announced, but the series' showrunner, Loren Bouchard, defended the decision in January, saying:
Kristen needed to be Molly. We couldn’t not make her Molly. But then we couldn’t make Molly white and we couldn’t make Kristen mixed race so we just had to go forward.