Hellena Taylor, who voiced Bayonetta in the original two games, is encouraging supporters to blacklist Bayonetta 3, saying that she turned down a return to the role after being given only $4,000 for the entire game.
Taylor rushed to Twitter to release a couple videos of herself talking to a camera and telling her point of view after it was announced that Jennifer Hale from Mass Effect will be substituting her in Bayonetta 3. Taylor has been voicing the role since the first game and couldn’t keep quiet after the way she was treated.
“The Bayonetta franchise made an approximated $450 million, and that’s not including merchandise,” Taylor began.
The final offer to do the whole game as a buyout, flat rate, was $4,000 USD.
The amount of time I took to work on my talent, and everything that I have given to this game and to the fans.
I am asking the fans to boycott this game and instead spend the money that you would have spent on this game donating to charity.
But, if you are someone who cares about people, who cares about the world around you, who cares about who gets hurt with these financial decisions, then I urge you to boycott this game,” Taylor said.
Bayonetta always stands up for those with less power, and stands up for what’s right, and in doing this, you stand with her.”
In response, she wrote to Bayonetta 3 executive director Hideki Kamiya to ask him for “what i’m worth.”
I got a reply, saying that he ‘values greatly the contribution to the game and the fans really want me to voice it over, and the memory of first meeting me as Bayonetta is a memory I hold dear.’
“They now have a new girl voicing her over, and I love actors and I wish her all the joy in the world and all the jobs, but she has no right to say she is Bayonetta,” Taylor said.
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