Top cartoon voice actress Tara Strong has been let go from her role in the independent animated series “Boxtown” after she made a series of posts about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The actress, who voiced characters on several Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows including “The PowerPuff Girls” and “Rugrats,” found out she was fired from social media, and claimed she was axed from the show simply “for being Jewish.”
“Just found out on Twitter!” she wrote on X, referring to the social media platform’s former moniker.
“This is what happens when you help fans get shows made I guess. Fired for being Jewish. Glad I helped you get your kickstarter money. Please lose my email address & pray for my family in Israel and in Gaza. & #prayforpeace.”
Strong, 50 wrote her statement in response to the show’s official account announcing that the role would be recast.
“Hello all! Just wanted to offer a quick update on Boxtown,” the account wrote on Oct. 12. “We will be recasting the role of Bill (previously played by Tara Strong). We’ll have more info soon on open auditions. Thanks for y’all’s understanding as we re-orient and figure out the next steps.”
The ordeal sparked outrage from fans, some of whom rushed to slam the show for cutting ties with Strong.
“I’ve seen this before,” wrote one person, who echoed Strong’s claims that she was fired for being Jewish.
However, the show responded by sharing a post that said it boasts other Jewish actors and writers on its roster.
Later, Strong hit out at critics blasting her as “Islamophobic,” writing, “I’m speaking about the terrorist org HAMAS. We should all be against them.”
On Monday, “Boxtown’s” account addressed the decision to cut Strong loose in a statement on social media.
“This decision was due to a trend among Tara’s recent online activity, including posts that promote controversial messages regarding the peoples of Palestine currently being affected by the ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis,” the statement read, in part.
“We believe that our public platform gives us a duty to be careful when it comes to hateful messages and misinformation online. This extends to our cast and crew. This was not a difficult decision.”
“Our hearts are with the Palestinian and Israeli children and families being affected by the ongoing conflict. People should be able to live freely without being threatened by constant abuse and terror. We are hoping for the best,” the post concluded.