The theme of the character of Apu in The Simpsons has received a lot of media coverage internationally, so now we know all the inner workings of this matter that has deeply divided internet users. Recently, a voice actress left her post to advocate diversity and reinvigorated the debate that once excited the web. We take stock of the issue.
Ramlethal Valentine’s voice actress in Guilty Gear games
First we have to come back to the voice actress, who doubles the English voice of Ramlethal Valentine in the Guilty Gear game series and is called Erin Fitzgerald. The least we can do is that she is an actress who has a lot of experience behind her. Erin Fitzgerald is indeed the English voice of the young Yrel from the World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, but also that of Chie Satonaka in the Persona 4 games, that of Eudial in Sailor Moon or that of Guren in Naruto. Shippuden.
In addition to her talent for her job, the voice actress is also very involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, which has certainly motivated her to give up her dubbing work with the character of Ramlethal Valentine.
Erin Fitzgerald resigns to give way to black women
Dubbing actress Erin Fitzgerald has just announced that she will be leaving her seat to dub the character of Ramlethal Valentine in Opus Guilty Gear Strive.
In fact, the actress has just stepped down to give way in her words to black women who also dub actresses. Erin Fitzgerald said:
I was happy to resign from the project so that they could fill a more suitable person. The character is black. I’m not black
Although Ramlethal Valentine is an artificial human involved, his skin color has long made him considered a black woman.
The existence of alternative color palettes (which could give him a lighter skin tone) had also created minor controversy in the fighting game community.
The subject of white voice actors dubbing characters who aren’t has been a particularly thorny subject since the 2017 documentary The Problem With Apu was released, criticizing the Simpsons’ decision to hire voice actor Hank Azaria for dubbing the Character to choose from Apu, supposedly Indo-American. The election of Erin Fitzgerald has just rekindled the debate on the internet. The latter also wanted to respond to her critics on Twitter and highlight the new voice actress who was selected to replace her, Laura Stahl:
Yes. I happily stepped back to those who texted me so that they might appear more appropriate. https://t.co/zeKpdkPG2U
May 14, 2021
Yes. For those who send me messages, I am happy to step back from the project so that they can fill a more suitable person.
Indeed, there are many internet users who judge that the character is not black since he is not human:
Hats off to a race where there is no race? Ramlethal is not black. She is not human. It’s a valentine’s day. A dark complexion in an anime doesn’t mean you are black.
They had no problem voicing Ramlethal, who is not even African American, but a Valentine’s Day in 2014.
You’re too good to get caught up in this storm of nonsense, especially since you’ve voiced other characters that your logic should step back from. https://t.co/EVVEKYZ7ND
May 17, 2021
They had no problem dubbing the voice of Ramlethal, who isn’t even African American, it’s a Valentine’s Day in 2014.
You’re too good to get caught up in this storm of silliness, especially since you’ve voiced other characters that your logic should also switch speakers.
As you can see, the debate on Twitter starts again. And on your side, do you understand the choice of Erin Fitzgerald? We’ll let you answer our survey as well as through our comment area! And if you want to learn more about the world of dubbing, we invite you to find our file on the subject, including an interview with Youtuber Superflame.