Popular (and controversial) anime voice actor Vic Mignogna has been “kicked” from yet another comic con appearance.
Well, sort of.
Mignogna wasn’t officially invited as a guest to the L.A. Comic Con, but rather was appearing at a vendor booth. When word got out that he was putting in an unofficial appearance, a small (but noisy) contingent of Twitter users were up in arms and complained to the L.A. Comic Con account.
I see that @comicconla now has known sexual predator Vic Mignogna on their guest list – this is unacceptable. For the safety of your female guests, I urge you to remove him and I call upon my #StarTrek family to tweet & email in support of his removal from the event. #LAComicCon
— Amy Imhoff (@AmyImhoff1701) December 2, 2021
Like so many anime and comic cons before them, L.A. Comic Con caved to the Twitter mob and issued the following statement…
🐙💬 We looked into this. He was not a guest of ours. An exhibitor had invited him to do a booth appearance. He is no longer attending the show.
— Los Angeles Comic Con (@comicconla) December 3, 2021
Mignogna issued a video statement on his own Twitter account. He stated that he would not be attending but he would ask that his fans support the vendor in question, Ace’s Anime & Collectibles, and buy their merchandise while at the show. Mignogna said he’d sign these for fans for free at a later date.
— vic mignogna (@vicmignogna) December 4, 2021
Given the way that Twitter obsesses about tracking Vic Mignogna’s appearances and supporters, it’s highly likely that they will put pressure on L.A. Comic Con to boot this vendor from future cons.
Why is Vic Mignogna Being “Kicked” from Anime Conventions?
Vic Mignogna is a very popular anime dub actor, but he found himself at the center of a storm #MeToo allegations in 2019. Mignogna is perhaps best known as the English voice actor of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist and Broly from Dragon Ball Super.
Despite online rumors of alleged misconduct by Vic Mignogna by individuals and media outlets such as Anime News Network, not one accuser has pressed any formal charges against him to date.
Following the English release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which prominently features Mignogna’s vocal work, allegations of sexual harassment against him began to surface on Twitter, with some allegations dating back to 1989. Multiple accounts alleged that he kissed, groped, and made lewd comments to fans without their consent, some of whom were underage. Voice actresses Monica Rial and Jamie Marchi tweeted their support for those speaking out, and alleged that he had also sexually harassed them.
On January 22, 2019, Tammi Denbow, executive director of employee relations at Sony Pictures, opened an investigation based on reports made by Rial, two female fans, and a former Funimation employee, which concluded a week later with termination of his contract. On February 5, Rooster Teeth severed their business relationship with him, and Funimation recast his role of the Executive in The Morose Mononokean.
Multiple anime conventions also removed him from their guest list. In response to the controversy, Mignogna categorically denied any accusations of sexual harassment.
The allegations have caused Vic Mignogna to essentially be blacklisted from the anime industry, and he filed a defamation suit against Funimation, Rial, Marchi, and Ron Toye. Charges were dismissed and Mignogna was ordered to pay the defendants’ legal fees.
While the majority of the legal drama is in the rear view mirror, “anti-Vic” anime fans on Twitter have taken any and every opportunity to have him removed from almost every anime and comic book convention.
Again, it must be reiterated that not one accuser has stepped forward to press charges against Vic Mignogna for sexual misconduct despite years of rumors. While that’s not to say that absolutely nothing happened behind closed doors, none of the accusations have yet to materialize as legal action.
Despite the controversy, Mignogna still remains a popular draw for the cons who still dare to bring him in.
No words can describe the UNBELIEVABLE turnout at Anime Matsuri! Record setting attendance, non stop excitement and such a great energy! Thank you to all you wonderful people who came- can’t wait to see you again soon! pic.twitter.com/nnuOxACjlK
— vic mignogna (@vicmignogna) July 13, 2021
More Controversy for the L.A. Comic Con
On top of the Twitter drama surrounding Vic Mignogna, the L.A. Comic Con is also in the middle of another controversy.
L.A. Comic Con is reportedly allowing vendors to run “razzle-dazzle” games of chance at their convention — something which is expressly illegal in the State of California.
Per the California penal code, it is illegal to run any sort of game of chance or skill involving a successive point total, which requires the player to continually increase their bets to continue playing.
— ASK ABOUT MY NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL (@VitoGesualdi) December 5, 2021
Maybe the Comic Con staff was too busy being “razzle dazzled” by the Twitter outrage mob over a single voice actor to pay attention to something that was actually illegal?
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