Funimation, the company that provides dubbing services for the popular franchise Dragon Ball Z, made headlines this week after a series of leaked audio recordings allegedly reveal voice actors from the show saying some truly horrifying things.
The clips in question makeup nearly six minutes of content and feature several voice actors in character–Goku (voiced by Sean Schemmel), Krillin, Mr. Popo, and Yamcha.
In one recording, Goku just starts yelling “f*gg*t” over and over again. In several others, characters enact rape and graphic sex scenes.
Fans of the show expressed their outrage over the content released. “As a queer lover of anime I’m incredibly disappointed in them,” one Twitter user wrote.
this funimation shit is incredibly disappointing. as a queer lover of anime i'm incredibly disappointed in them. if they don't cut ties with all involved or make some serious changes / an explanation i'm never watching another dub they make with those involved
— connor (@tourguideconnor) August 31, 2019
Me: #Funimation is trending. Probably some new Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot info
Goku: Hey look at those faggot ass clothes.
My reaction: pic.twitter.com/3KuejAVfKh
— Eukari (@EukariZero) August 30, 2019
Thanks to these #Funimation leaks I get to have the wonderful pleasure of possibility of hearing Goku saying “f*gg*t” on every Dragon Ball clip posted online for the next decade.
And no it’s not okay because it was “in private”, or it was “years ago”.🖕🏻 pic.twitter.com/LDgrsf7mcs
— Cody (@CodySDax) August 31, 2019
What people think we're getting on #Funimation about: Sexual jokes that may be interpreted as bloopers.
What we're ACTUALLY getting on #Funimation about: The fact that they claim to have a high level of professionalism, yet they've proven to be nothing but hypocrites.
— Kevin Ridley (@KevinKridley664) August 30, 2019
That ChiChi audio clip had me like pic.twitter.com/9lViwIxaSy
— Shuri (@Shurifera) August 30, 2019
Of course, other fans insist that the recordings are all in good fun and that people are taking it too seriously.
“I don’t really see what the problem is,” Chris Ray Gun tweeted, noting that he found the leaks “hysterical.” Another declared that people shouldn’t be upset, because they have most likely “made such jokes among friends” themselves.
Yo, the Funimation leaks are hysterical. I don’t really see what the problem is. People are I guess calling them hypocritical for firing the Broly dude, but from what I’ve read, he actually admitted to more than just jokes. Not seeing much of an argument.
— Chris Ray Gun (@ChrisRGun) August 30, 2019
It's been 16 years since those recordings were made, put your fucking crabs away, people. #Funimation
— Connor McKinley (@SenileSnake) August 30, 2019
— Vegeta is the #1 (@Supervegeta_555) August 31, 2019
What makes the whole situation more complicated is that the recordings were leaked by Nick Rekieta, a lawyer who previously opened a GoFundMe in support of voice actor Vic Mignogna. Mignogna is engaged in a legal battle with Funimation after the company publicly severed ties with him based on numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Some fans who support Mignogna are calling Funimation a hypocrite for firing him while continuing to employ the voice actors in question. And then there are others who insist these are two wildly different considerations.
With #Funimation trending, it's very important that you *DO NOT* mention that Vic Mignogna is a well-documented sexual predator in any tweets w/ the hashtag
— T. Greg "A Far-Leftist Lawyer" Doucette (@greg_doucette) August 30, 2019
Tbh I’ve heard a lot of problematic shit in anime dub outtakes and commentary tracks. While some of it is really shitty, none of this DBZ stuff is news.
“Yeah but isn’t it hypocritical what Funimation did with Vic when they…”
No. Vic is a pedophile.
— Seibaa @ SydAniFest (@SeibaaHomu) August 31, 2019
The highly anticipated Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game was set to include English dubs by some of the voice actors, but now fans are wondering if their roles–or even the English version of the game itself–will now be forfeited.