Coordinated efforts are being made by the Social Justice Warrior community to get voice actor Vic Mignogna fired and barred from the anime industry. This isn’t hyperbole, it’s happening in real-time. In fact, Mignogna was just recently fired from the upcoming season of RWBY, with the character he voices on the show being handed over to another voice actor after Rooster Teeth announced that Mignogna would not be returning. This was followed by Funimation silently firing Mignogna from The Morose Mononokean II ahead of the airing of new episodes for the anime.
I reached out to Funimation to confirm, and they responded by saying that Vic Mignogna had been replaced with Ian Sinclair…
“Yes, the role of Executive in Morose Mononokean II has been recast. Ian Sinclair is the VA effective episode 5, which launched on Saturday.”
This comes after persistent social media campaigns and specific media outlets targeting Mignogna, claiming that he has engaged in misconduct. The evidence? Hugging and sometimes kissing people on the forehead or cheek.
[Update 2/6/2019: The individual who originally posted the tweet asked for the embed of the tweet to be removed.]
There are various individuals on social media claiming that old photos and encounters with Vic are now equivalent to sexual harassment. You can view the archive of the incident that was posted on February 4th, 2019.
Mignogna denied the allegations, mentioning that he does enjoy being close to the fans and hugging them when possible. However, this has been misconstrued by some and used as ammunition to completely bar the voice actor from the anime business.
Over on Twitter, a Leftist lesbian going by the handle Lena De Spell, has been keeping track of and directing traffic to various organizations to get Vic Mignogna kicked out of conventions and gatherings.
That’s all folks! Vic Mignogna has been cancelled from future conventions for the 2019 year! Your voices were heard and con runners listened! #KickVic out of the industry altogether. pic.twitter.com/BccwQp0gKh
— Watch Carmen Sandiego (@Lena_De_Spell) February 4, 2019
There has also been targeted campaigns aimed at Funimation through social media to get them to drop Mignogna altogether from their projects.
Trauma of underage fans spanning almost a decade isn’t a passing twitter fad. This won’t just fade away if you cower behind his fan base and plug your ears.
We ALL hear your silence loud & clear. pic.twitter.com/LnNGv9DDN1
— Crime Brulee @ JigglyBUFF (@PrinceofThreads) January 27, 2019
Apparently the efforts from the Social Justice brigade are actually paying off for them, as Vic Mignogna is systematically being erased from the anime industry.
Anime News Network has been one of the outlets spearheading the allegations against Mignogna, despite the fact that actual evidence of misconduct has not surfaced. In fact, just the opposite has happened, where some of the “evidence” that was used in the media’s attempts to smear the voice actor turned out to be an act of mendacity. This was brought to light when Twitter user Kung Fu Man posted screenshots from a Facebook message made by someone who appeared in a photo with Mignogna, denying that any misconduct took place. She also requested not to be used in the smear campaign against Mignogna.
Hey @AnimeNewsNet, any particular comment on this?
The first image is the mosaic one you claim was a non-consensual pass
The second is the ‘victim’ themselves saying you’re fabricating stuff
The third is a reaction image, just in case you don’t understand those. #KickVic pic.twitter.com/tGuOJqPrHX
— Kung Fu Man (@kungfuman316) February 2, 2019
In addition to this, when YouTube outlet ClownFish TV attempted to cover the spurious claims and flimsy allegations that the media were pushing to the forefront of the news wires, Anime News Network’s editor-in-chief, Mike Toole, labeled them as “Nazis” and tagged YouTube into the tweet, presumably in hopes of getting the YouTube channel flagged.
One of @AnimeNewsNet ‘s Editors called me a “NAZI” on Twitter for doing a FAIR AND BALANCED NEWS video about the Vic Mignogna situation.
He also tweeted @TeamYouTube to get me flagged.
We have been GUESTS at several Anime Cons!!!
Now I’m blocked!
How do I report @TwitterSafety ? pic.twitter.com/7qtMXSMjaZ
— Kneon (@Kneon) February 5, 2019
There’s an 18 minute video on the topic from Clownfish TV that covers the drama between them and Anime News Network, relating to the allegations made against Mignogna.
Toole, however, is already convinced that the online testimonies is proof enough, and has dismissed the idea of Mignogna being innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
What’s most galling to me is the sheer volume of people, both on the ANN forums and here, that blithely scroll past pages and pages of firsthand testimony and photos and video, and are like “well, this doesnt prove anything, where’s the evidence???” sheesh!!
— Mike Toole (@MichaelToole) February 5, 2019
Mignogna, however, may not go quietly into the night.
There have been rumblings that the now defamed voice actor may explore legal options relating to the defamation spreading around the internet about him. These rumors and allegations have oftentimes come up in the past but quickly then fade away, but this time they came up and have stayed within the media spotlight shortly after Dragon Ball Super: Broly became a smash hit success at the box office.
Since then there has been a concerted effort from the Social Justice region of social media to “kick Vic”, almost by any means necessary.
Some fans have come out in support of the veteran voice actor, but the media right now is controlling the narrative and painting him as a villain even on the most spurious of terms, which is now legitimately affecting his future work opportunities.
This still seems far from over, but for fans hoping that Mignogna could just weather the storm and wait for it all to pass, it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to happen.
(Thanks for the news tip Zangril)