Voice actor Vic Mignogna – famous for voicing a lot of characters in video games and anime, and recently having played Broly in Dragon Ball Super: Broly – has come under fire for alleged sexual misconduct and homophobia.
YouTuber YellowFlash 2 covers the controversy and where it stands at the moment, which involves the typical Social Justice sectors of Twitter alleging that Vic Mignogna has been engaged in sexual misconduct, homophobia and anti-Semitism.
Some of the allegations include inappropriate touching, kissing, and failing to sign yaoi (gay) fanart.
Obviously there are people in the Tumblr and Social Justice Warrior circles quick to demonize Vic before any sort of proof has emerged, taking allegations as fact, even though we know that false allegations can be very harmful.
And for anyone trying to tell me “They could all be liars trying to slam Vic’s pure, pure name!”, here’s some recommended reading:https://t.co/HKxV0uAGkB
— Becky Hopkins (@BeckyHop13) January 18, 2019
Sites like Polygon corralled all of the claims together, which includes people alleging everything from kissing and groping, to overstaying his panel time, to not signing their yaoi art.
Yes, people are seriously attacking him for not signing yaoi art.
Various Twitter users are claiming that this has been going on for more than a decade since he started getting popular in the anime community after voicing various famous characters like Broly in Dragon Ball Z and Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist or Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach.
Due to my upbringing, i will NEVER deny a victim’s story of being true or not. Truth of a victim’s confession is not my place to judge. HOWEVER I will say, these rumors have been circulating for fucking ever, it’s just bc he’s in a massive limelight again that they’re coming back
— Jessica 🌹 (@u_jessicaa) January 18, 2019
Jessica goes on to say that they’ve been debunked before, but since Mignogna is back in the spotlight due to the recent popularity of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he’s being dragged through the mud… again.
Obviously he denied these claims by publishing a letter on Twitter to address all of these allegations. The letter was published on January 21st, 2019.
— vic mignogna (@vicmignogna) January 21, 2019
If you’re unable to read it, the lengthy rebuttal states…
“This is heartbreaking. Over the last few days, a number of comments and allegations have been voiced on social media. I’d like to share my thoughts.
“Homophobic? No! Some of my dearest friends are members of the LGBTQ community, including several that I brought into my production family on Star Trek Continues. This is a blatantly false statement. I said many years ago that I didn’t think a particular character I voiced was gay, contrary to what some fans believed, not because it matters to me AT ALL, but because I was told this was the case. I also elected not to autograph Yaoi, not because I am homophobic but because I didn’t wish to sign material that was not canon.
“Anti-Semitic?? I couldn’t even grasp where this was coming from until someone pointed me to a moment years ago where I was in a panel and referred to a bunch of noise coming from another room jokingly as a “holocaust.” As I said then, it was a metaphor for armageddon, death, and mass destruction, but not “THE Holocaust.” Could I have chosen a different word? Sure, in retrospect I could have. And, of course, I am sorry that it offended anyone.
“I sincerely apologize to any convention staff member who ever felt I was anything less than kind and grateful to be included in their event. Unknown to most staffers, contractual arrangements made in advance with cons were occasionally not honored when I arrived and that made me frustrated. That does not excuse making anyone feel badly and I am deeply sorry.
“I would also like to sincerely apologize to anyone who ever felt my interaction with them (a hug or a kiss on the cheek or forehead) was crossing a line. Never in a million years would it be my intent to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Rather, it was meant to show gratitude or support. I come from an affectionately expressive family where such displays are commonplace. But I understand that not everyone feels the same way. Hence, I will not be interacting in the same way with fans in the future. Understand this is the climate we live in and this is how it has to be. To my fans who ask me for hugs, etc., I’m sorry, but please know that I am no less grateful to or support of you!
“Finally, any allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or most disturbingly, pedophilia, are COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY FALSE. My heart weeps for anyone who endures a violation of this kind, so to be accused of harming others in this way….I have no words.”
Even with this statement, the #KickVic hashtag continues to rack up responses from people claiming that he needs to be kicked out of the industry.
I’m really thrilled to see #KickVic
I watched, with my own damn eyes, Vic Mignogna make out with a 14 year old fangirl at his booth.
She admired him and he took advantage of her.
— RadNat from YouTube: It’s like TV for your compute (@RetroRadNat) January 25, 2019
even his colleagues liked tweets about him being a creep with underage girls, an homophobe and a narcissistic asshole, Idk how people can still defend him #kickvic
— ele @ 🍌🐟 (@aslanjlynx) January 26, 2019
For the people claiming he’s homophobic, some of the evidence they point to is actually based on a rather absurd YouTube snippet from 2007, where he claims that the character he’s voicing in the anime isn’t gay.
Another video was also posted from back in 2013 where they claim he dodged a question about supporting gay marriage.
Given how some fandoms (especially on Twitter and Tumblr) are quite rabid, they took this as a sign that Mignogna was homophobic.
So far there still isn’t any credible evidence made apparent but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from losing their jobs in the #MeToo era. Whether the allegations will lead to certain companies dropping Mignogna or not remains to be seen, but unlike others within the entertainment industry, he didn’t try to dodge the allegations by claiming he was “gay”.
(Thanks for the news tip Boskov01)