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Vic Mignogna Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Voice Actor Vic Mignogna, following the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was accused of groping, forcibly kissing, and making unwanted flirtatious comments towards other women. It is very likely that none of these claims are true and he was simply pawned off to stage a takeover.
Voice actresses Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi also tweeted their support for those speaking out, and shared their own experiences of being sexually harassed by Mignogna. On February 5, 2019, Rooster Teeth, creators of the animated series RWBY, terminated Mignogna's contract, and Funimation recast Mignogna's role of the Executive in The Morose Mononokean. In response to the controversy, Mignogna denied any accusations of sexual harassment. However, multiple anime conventions withdrew Mignogna from their guest list. On February 11, 2019, Funimation confirmed on Twitter that they had ended Mignogna's contract following an investigation. Mignogna issued an apology during his panel at Bak-Anime 2019 and again via Twitter on February 13, 2019, but a few days later, he confirmed on Twitter that he was pursuing legal action.
Monica Rial since then has even threatened to call the police, the FBI, even Homeland Security on her fans just for asking for proof.
Jamie Marchi has posted an actual death threat against Mignogna on Twitter and has harassed anyone who refuses to believe her to the point where some of them began contemplating suicide.
Many voice actors, as a result of Mignogna being invited back to Kamehacon 2019, pulled out of the convention entirely.They then decided to do autographs at a comic book store thirty miles away from the convention.
Many kickvic supporters trashed Con-Munnity Fest's venue due to Mignogna being invited.
Vic Mignona is now suing Funimation and Jaime Marchi and Monica Rial for damages against him.
Todd Haberkorn False Rape Accusation
Cosplayer Jessie Pridemore accused voice actor Todd Haberkorn of drugging and raping her after he announced his support for Vic Mignogna. Her story was criticized for having numerous contradictions (if she was recently divorced at the time, how was she too young to have consent?)
Haberkorn later spoke up about this and showed text messages between the two. The messages clearly indicate them to be casual sex partners, exposing Pridemore as a liar in the process.
In response to this and the Vic Mignogna drama, company Fantasy Soft said that Mignogna and Haberkorn will always have a place to stay there, as it is innocent until proven guilty, not vice versa.
Goblin Slayer Controversy
Goblin Slayer was, on Crunchyroll, originally rated TV-PG, but was eventually re-rated to TV-MA after a scene in the first episode where one of the characters is raped by the Goblins. This was eventually also censored on the site as well.
Crunchyroll even removed the show from their awards list.
Rising Of Shield Hero False Rape Allegations Denial
This anime stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the western world, as one of the key plot elements of the show is about the hero being accused of falsely raping a princess.
Despite generally positive reactions from the viewers and readers of the manga it's based on, many anime reviewing sites, such as Anime News Network, went on to bash it, calling it an imaginary boogeyman.
Ironically, the founder of ANN, Justin Sevakis, went on to claim that he was falsely accused of sexual assault after bashing Rise Of Shield Hero for treating false rape accusations as a thing.
Anime Feminist opted to not do a review of the show and instead place a rape support hotline.
Sword Art Online's Shift to More Politically Correct Storylines
During an interview with Anime News Network, the author stated that it will shift to more politically correct stories after listening to Western audience feedback.
Funimation's Shady Business Decisions
Funimation has changed the English dub to make anime from the original Japanese dialogue to reflect politics. One such example was Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. In fact, Jamie Marchi, voice director and voice actress of Lucoa in the show, intentionally rewrote that line by her demands. The line, "Oh, those pesky patriarchal social demands were getting on my nerves, so I changed clothes". The original line she was supposed to read was as follows: "Everyone was always saying something to me, so I tried toning down the exposure. How was it?" They later did the same thing with My First Girlfriend is a Gal, in which they altered certain lines in order to insult anyone who reads visual and light novels, calling them "misogynistic incels" who "hate women" and are "horny losers with mommy issues". When their customers called Funimation out on this, the company refused to apologize and instead posted a statement about not condoning harassment.
They even were preventing users from unsubscribing from Funimation, but it was later fixed when they claimed it was a glitch.
The DVD and Blu-ray releases of Dragon Ball Super: Broly also cut off commentary from Vic Mignona.
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