An open letter to voice actors

This is not a letter I want to write, but it’s one I feel I have to. The last decade has shed light on multiple voice actors’ dirty secrets. Scott Freeman, Vic Mignogna, Quinton Flynn — even newcomers like Chris Thurman have been outed as sexual predators. It feels like every other day a voice actor is revealing their true colors, and I’m getting sick and tired of it.

Let’s give some context. Scott Freeman used to work for Funimation. That is, until he was arrested for possession of child pornography in 2014. Unsurprisingly, he was immediately fired. 

Vic Mignogna, arguably the most notable and prolific anime voice actor of the 2000s, was fired in 2019 due to rampnct allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Mignogna proceeded to sue Funimation for defamation and lost the case. 

Chris Thurman’s career with Funimation ended last month before it even began when he was accused of sending dick pics to underage fans. He admitted to the accusations the same day and was fired later that week.

That brings us to the most recent voice actor to disappoint us — Quinton Flynn. Twitter user BewareQFlynn has posted several tweets and screenshots that accuse Flynn of sexually harassing fans. As of writing this, Flynn has not commented on the allegations.

Is this ever going to end?

The behavior of some of these voice actors is baffling. It’s like they think consequences don’t apply to them. They act like they’re some high profile actor that can dodge a scandal and star in a blockbuster movie the following year.

Here’s some advice to any voice actors that are still harboring skeletons in their closet — just tell us. We’re going to find out anyway, so just tell us. At the very least, follow Thurman’s example and be honest about it when it happens.

It’s all going to come out whether you like it or not, so you might as well tell us what god awful shit is going on in that whacked out brain of yours. If we’re going to find out anyway, I’d rather hear it from the source then an anonymous Twitter account with a decade’s worth of evidence.

Seriously? Like, please.

Can we just get all of this over with so we can get back to focusing on wholesome controversies that don’t hurt anyone? I’d rather argue with people about whether Kaiji Tang likes pineapple on pizza and what that says about him as a person. Can we fight about how Ghost Stories was the catalyst for the downfall of anime dubs? What if there was a hashtag war about Erica Lindbeck, Erica Mendez, and Erika Harlacher over who was the best Eric(k)a?

Just give me normal industry drama for once. If I learn about one more voice actor I admire being accused of sexually harassing their fans, I might have a mental breakdown.

Here’s another idea. Stop using your fame to take advantage of people that look up to you. Consider the interactions you’re having with your fans. Are they appropriate? Are they consensual? If you ever think to yourself, “I sure hope no one ever finds out about this,” then maybe don’t fucking do it.

It’s that simple.

Love,

Just another fan going insane from quarantine

Luna Hollenbeck
Luna Hollenbeck
Luna Hollenbeck is a woman of many takes, most of which are weird. If you manage to get any words in with her, you'd probably get a 12 hour discussion on the topic of Dokkoida!?. Outside of that, she's smart and kind but more blunt than a magical, talking bullheaded roll of weed.

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