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Bayonetta’s OG voice actor reacts to online backlash over ongoing dispute


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In the latest developments regarding voice actress Hellena Taylor’s salary dispute with PlatinumGames, Bayonetta The star has now responded to reports disputing her account about negotiations with a Twitter threadsays she feels “need to protect myself and my reputation in the industry.”

First, some context. As marketing for the upcoming Bayonetta 3 increased, PlatinumGames stated that Hellena Taylor cannot return to lead role due to “duplicate circumstances”. Taylor then posted a series of videos on Twitter calling out the pay offer she received – a fixed offer that ended up being $4,000, she claimed – “an insult” and asked fans to boycott the game.

The following sources include Bloomberg and VGC reported that Taylor was offered a total of $15,000, spanning “at least five” studio sessions. It is also stated that “Taylor asked for a six-figure sum as well as the rest of the game”. After some online abuse targeted to Jennifer Hale – the New Bayonetta – PlatinumGames also spoke out in support of the actor and asked people to disrespect Hale or any other contributor to the series.

Due to the discrepancy between Hellena Taylor’s statement and subsequent reports, and the subsequent backlash with some doubting the accuracy of her original statement, Taylor has now responded via a new Twitter thread to weed out any potential misinformation after being called a “liar and gilthead”.

Although Taylor didn’t mention any monetary value beyond the final offer of $4,000 in her first video statement, she did mention receiving an offer from PlatinumGames later. auditioning for this role. Apparently, she then decided to contact Hideki Kamiya, who then offered to pay the additional $5,000 mentioned in the statement above.

Here’s a reminder of exactly what she said in video:

“I was asked to audition again, because sometimes the voice changes over time, so I auditioned and obviously passed with flying colors. Then they sent me a word. suggested insult, so I thought ‘you know what, I’ll write to Hideki Kamiya'”.

In her latest thread, Taylor also hit back against claims that she asked for a six-figure sum for the role, saying she just wanted “a fair, living wage”. She also disclosure she was paid $3,000USD for her work on the first game, and says her involvement in the Bayonetta community helped maintain interest in the game as PlatinumGames itself remained silent:

“No” extensive negotiations. ” I have also been informed of absurd fictions, such as that I am asking for $250,000. I am a team player. I am only asking for a fair, living wage that is consistent with the values ​​that I have received. I bring this game.

I was paid an amazingly low £3000 total for the first match. Add a little more for the second time. I want to voice her. I’ve been interested in this game since I started using Twitter in 2011.

I can’t talk about the game because of the NDA, but I happily respond to fan letters, emails, autographed posters, recordings of voice messages for weddings and birthdays. I remained interested in the game during the long silence of the radio from Platinum. “

Final, Taylor writes about her discomfort when asking fans for money in exchange for autographs, instead of choosing to donate 100% of the signing fee to charity. She has once again asked fans to do the same instead of buying Bayonetta 3:

“The only time I’m at a game convention, I feel weird asking fans for money for autographs, because they’ve already paid for the game and I’m grateful they like the work and my character So I donated 100% of the deposit fee to charity.

I will post 14 charities, so you can donate to charity, instead of buying this game from corrupt, greedy people.) There are people who are trying to cast a shadow and discredit what I say. Powerful industry, they also have powerful journalists.

They are trying to save their fortune. Don’t fall in love with it! “

If there are any other updates arising from this dispute between Taylor and PlatinumGames, we will make sure to notify you!

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