Bayonetta original voice actress Helena Taylor calls for game boycott over ‘insulting’ pay offer

Bayonetta 3, which is slated for release on October 28, has found itself in the middle of controversy. At the beginning of this month, the developer of the action-adventure video game PlatinumGames announced that voice actress Helena Taylor, who voiced Bayonetta in the first two parts of the game, will not reprise her role in the next part.

The developers have stated that due to different overlapping circumstances, the voice will be provided by Jennifer Hill, known for her roles as Commander Shepherd. Taylor has now recorded that she did not reprise the role of Bayonetta, not because of some conflict, but because of the pay she was offered.

Helena Taylor says she was offered $4,000 to vote for Bayonetta in Part Three

Taylor posted a series of videos on Twitter, revealing that she was offered only $4,000 for the role, which features a voice actor performing multiple versions of the same character. Taylor spent years studying and refining her craft and making Bayonetta a sexy icon with her voice, so she was offended by the show.

“I decided to do this in solidarity with people around the world who are not being paid appropriately for their cats scrape off the top and leave us crumbs. I was worried about being on the streets,” Taylor said in one of the videos.

The actress was cast as the voice of the witch in the original Bayonetta game in 2009. She then reprized her role in its successful sequel, Bayonetta 2, in 2014 and won appreciation from fans all over the world.

Helena Taylor calls for a boycott of Bayonetta 3

Earlier, game director Yosuke Miyata said that they auditioned for the role, and Jennifer did very well. He said, “I understand some fans’ concerns about changing the voice at this point in the series, but Jennifer’s performance was far beyond what we could have imagined.”

However, Taylor described the whole development as “immoral”. “I sometimes think I’m not like Bayonetta at all. But I think I’m a little more like Bayonetta than I thought. I understand that boycotting this game is a personal choice, and there are those who don’t.

“And that’s fine. But if you are someone who cares about people, who cares about the world around you, and who cares who gets hurt by these financial decisions? Then I urge you to boycott this game.”

CEO Hideki Kamiya Responds to Taylor’s Claims

Although none of the game’s representatives has released any official statement regarding Taylor’s allegations, Bayonetta 3 CEO Hideki Kamiya posted a cryptic tweet targeting Taylor and hinted that he will ban people who will support the voice actor.

“Sad and unfortunate for the lying position. That’s all I can say for now. By the way, beware of my rules,” he tweeted. According to The Rules, several people and publications stated that they were blocked by Kamiya after they reported Taylor’s case.

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