The situation revolving around former Bayonetta voice actress Hellena Taylor’s campaign to boycott Bayonetta 3 continues to spiral, even as the game releases and highly positive reviews come in. While much of the basis for the campaign was presented dishonestly, Taylor is still adamant about calling for a boycott, and also asking fans to instead donate to charities — and she’s provided some examples (that she previously donated 100% of game autographing profits to — Ms. Taylor, I apologize, but if your financial straits were as dire as you originally claimed, why did you donate all of your profits from one of your revenue sources?).

 

 

There’s some pretty standard or (at least comparatively) uncontroversial orgs here: Doctors Without Borders, services to help the elderly, animals, or veterans, a student fund for drama kids. It veers into potentially more contentious territory with a couple missionary/catholic orgs, but the one that really stands out is “Billboards 4 Life,” which, uh, as you might expect, is an anti-abortion advocacy group based in Kentucky. And this isn’t a secret or anything. Look at their latest tweet (which is all the way back from 2017 — the article it links to appears to no longer exist):

 

 

Abortion has recently become a national firestorm issue — well, more than it already was — due to the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade back in June. To make any comment on the topic at all is to make a political statement and invite scrutiny. And while Taylor was already receiving some flak for some past actions, the reaction to this has been particularly negative. Many, already upset with Taylor for her falsehood claims, find this to be just fuel to the fire. It’s hard to imagine what would make Twitter and other social media sites turn against her even more at this point.

Bayonetta 3 is out today. You can go buy it right now. Who will stop you? I ordered my copy while writing this article, even. I wonder why. 

 

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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.