Since Hellena Taylor (the main voice actress of the first two Bayonet games) first accused Nintendo of only offering him around $4,000 for a game in a multi-million dollar franchise, the talk of this game has been messy. Highlights include Talyor calling for boycott, sources say Bloomberg the range was $15,000 to $25,000 (still lacking in my opinion), and fallout regarding issues reported in Bayonet 3 Comments. The last two are best explained by SMT writer Kirsten Carey in an entirely separate article. On early October 28, the boycott became more complicated when Taylor suggested a number of organizations fans could donate to instead of buying the game, including one dedicated to forced birth billboards in Kentucky.
Since Taylor’s initial boycott call on October 15, she has said she wants fans to donate the money they’ve spent on the game (about $60) to charity. Less than two weeks later, Taylor made some suggestions, tweeting, “Here are the 14 I donated 100% of my video game conference autograph signing fees to if you need some inspiration.”
In a lengthy tweet thread, she listed two big red flags. Most notably on the state side, there is the organization Billboards for Life. For those too lucky to have never heard of this organization, they are dedicated to putting up billboards all over the state of Kentucky (specifically) to push for forced births. They also continue to spread misinformation, such as saying that a fetus’ heartbeat starts at three weeks (instead of 17-20 weeks) and that fingerprints form at 9 weeks (instead of 24). weeks). They also say that fetuses smile and dream for the first few weeks, which is hard to verify as it’s nearly impossible to run a test like that? ! The site also links misinformation about Covid-19, so there’s that.
Even if Taylor is going to take this public stance that disregards women’s bodily autonomy, why not go with organizations to help reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancies or help existing families? If she and others in this position really want to help people and prevent abortions, it would actually be helpful instead of these haters Graphic design is my passion signposts.
One of the worst organizations with a good public image
It wasn’t just the bizarre choice to include an obscure bigoted billboard organization, but she also mentioned the Missionaries of Charity. Since its founding by the abominable Mother Teresa, this organization (including under the direct supervision of Mother Teresa while she was alive) has been found detaining patients in fatal care, overworking volunteers, committing sexual abuse and having dubious finances. Additionally, in the 2010s and during the pandemic, missionaries were found selling children.
Religious revisionism and the power of the Catholic Church allowed this organization to flourish. An image of Teresa is featured on at least one of the Billboards for Life ads. Yet Taylor not only alleges that she has donated her own money to this organization, but that she encourages others to do so.
I’m not an expert on all of them, and some I hadn’t heard of until his thread, but most other organizations seemed decent. In addition to an LA church, Taylor has also named Doctors Without Borders, Humanimal Trust, The Silver Line, Pets for Vets, LAMBA Drama, Team Rubicon, Dogs Trust, The HALO Trust and Kevin Cruise Foundation.
Like the many controversies surrounding the game before this Taylor bombshell, more than one thing can be true at once. Voice actors, including the ones we don’t like, deserve fair and decent salaries. I also wish they wouldn’t weaponize this issue to fund organizations that coerce people into having kids they can’t have or just don’t want.
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