Boycott Bayonetta 3 : Hellena Taylor, who voiced Bayonetta in the first two Bayonetta games, has urged fans to boycott Bayonetta 3, revealing that she rejected returning to the role after only being offered $4,000 for the entire project.
It has been apparent since Bayonetta 3 was first revealed that Hellena Taylor would no longer be voicing the character, something that was confirmed last week when it was announced that Jennifer Hale would take on the role. Currently, Taylor has spoken out about the situation and has revealed that she did not return to voice Bayonetta due to the low amount of money she was offered.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Taylor listed her credentials as an actor and asked, “What did they offer me to do? The final offer to do the whole game, both as a buyout and flat rate, was $4000. This is an insult to me as well as to my dedication to this game and the fans that I have given to them..”
— Hellena Taylor (@hellenataylor) October 15, 2022
Continuing, Taylor urged fans of the series that cared about the character to boycott the release, urging them to contribute to charities instead of purchasing the game. There was nothing I wanted more than a decent, dignified living wage. It was legal, but it was immoral to do what they did. I was asking for nothing more than a decent, dignified living wage..”
Several more videos are available where Taylor continues to discuss the situation, stating that she is more like Bayonetta than she realized, and asking those around her to fight for fairness. According to Taylor, she declined the role in solidarity with “people around the world who are not adequately compensated for their work”, revealing that she was suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts as a result of her fear of losing her job if she refused the Nintendo offer.
Upon receiving the offer, Taylor personally wrote to Hideki Kamiya about the situation, which led to the offer being increased to $4,000, suggesting it had been lower previously. Moreover, Taylor calls out PlatinumGames for lying about the situation and refers to Jennifer Hale as the “new girl” and says she has no right to call herself the voice of Bayonetta.