Acclaimed Voice Actor Troy Baker is Driven Off Twitter Over a Joke About Caitlyn Jenner

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It seems like social justice netizens (or warriors, in this case) simply can’t take a joke, and we mean this quite literally – as they’ve driven Troy Baker off Twitter, seemingly for good.

It all started when Baker quoted another Twitter user, who made a tongue-in-cheek joke over Caitlyn Jenner.

“Brett Michaels looks like Mickey Rourke tried to become Caitlyn Jenner,” said Brian W. Foster.

Baker quoted this, spurring the various social justice warriors to crawl out of the woodwork. After the massive dogpiling of intolerance against Baker, he recalled the event:

“It’s a shame when there are people who would much rather choose to be offended than laugh.”

He later said that he simply would no longer be using Twitter. “I quit Twitter,” said Baker. While we may not cover most of the games he’s done voice work in, he did play the role of Talion, the protagonist in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4.

The original quote/tweet is no longer there, but we do have an archived version of an entertainment website recalling various reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s “I Am Cait” screening, via E!, which you can view here. (via KotakuinAction)

What do you guys think? Is making jokes over Caitlyn Jenner completely out of the question? Was Troy Baker wrong to quote that joke?

Brandon Orselli

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  • Overwhelmingryan

    SJWs are just the worst. They simply cannot take a joke. Perpetually offended idiots

  • Kaziu93

    The man can retweet whatever the hell he wants. Jokes are never a reason to flood someone with bitching.

    I think I’m gonna go play some Shadow of Mordor now.

  • sarasa

    Caitlyn Jenner? Who the fuck?

  • Wonderkarp

    I said this before in other news sites. I used to try to have a discussion with SJWs. But then I grew tired of talking to brick walls so now my response, as should be everybodies response to SJWs, is a loud Trevor “GO FUCK YOURSELF”

  • Mistah J.

    I can quote Hitler, it doesn’t mean I agree.
    Jokes don’t have to unoffensive.
    The joke had nothing to do with Jenner being MtF or trans in any way, it was a remark on appearance- so it’s not even “transphobic”.

    I hate these morons.

  • Olympion

    You should be able to joke about anyone, including transsexuals – hell, maybe ESPECIALLY transsexuals, given how any tranny-joke leads to a SJW freakout.

  • MeteorMess

    What I think?I’m fucking tired of these useless SJWs, they’re far worst than a venereal disease. Thats what I think.

  • Everyone and anyone can be a target of a joke, comedy shouldn’t be only directed towards approved groups. That was hardly a mean attack either, typical banter about celebs.

  • Exactly.

  • Mark Samenfink

    Jokes are jokes. Shaming people over jokes due to their content is wrong on it’s head, I don’t care if the joke is about loading dead baby body parts into your oven for something something third reich. YOU DON’T BULLY PEOPLE FOR JOKES.

  • Krysanthia

    Usually, I love this site, I come here for the unbiased attitude, but this, what the fuck does this have to do about games, you gonna make articles everytime a voice actor gets upset now?

    This is just bait to fan the SJW fire.
    http://cdn.meme.am/instances/59034286.jpg

  • Cred

    no one should be above jokes, ever

  • Tanner Thomure

    Everything should be made fun of. Straight, gay, trans, bbq, dolphins, AIDs, Space, Whales, Donkey Kong, Xbox live, America, Pinecones, Dark Matter. Pretty much you name it, you can and should make a joke out of it.

  • landlock

    Voices actors are a very important part of gaming.

  • While I agree with you partially, Troy Baker is a renowned voice actor, and if its relevant to gaming (as he primarily does games), it’s fair game for us.

    Plus, we are an anti-censorship website, after all. The regular news will always be not editorialized, though. I hope this is alright, as I really do care about our image.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Who is Caitlyn?

  • 「PYROFROST」
  • blackice85

    I agree, this doesn’t seem out of place here.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    If you don’t wanna be joked about, you shouldn’t be on tv.
    If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t be on the internet
    Whole new reason to call people Twits.

  • Phelan

    1. I had no idea who was Baker until you said that he voiced Tatsumi… that’s ok… he still isn’t any figure of authority for me. He did his job, ok… could be better could be worse. Still if I had choice I would pick jap dub in Persona. Wouldn’t really call him acclaimed voice actor.

    2. I have no idea who is Caitlyn Jenner and why making jokes about her is bad thing. Should I feel bad about not knowing her, and not wanting to know about her? Really problems of USA are to majority of the world as important as problems of Africa for USA.

    3. Nobody is forced to use twitter… and quiting twitter seems like a wise decision. It’s not like he said that he will get euthanasia… so I don’t understand why all the fuss. Will you guys write article about him giving a shit? (and I mean literally giving shit)

    4. Do we really need stuff that is on par with kotaku? I really like nichegamer but lately… there is too much pointless articles about nothing.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I can’t even think of anything to say about the kinds of people that just live to be offended like that that hasn’t been said a million times before. They all just really need to get over themselves.

  • Maiq TheLiar

    Is this really relevant?

  • Phelan

    “Renowned”… and yet even as a fan of anime and japanese games I had no idea who the hell is he.

    draw it mild…

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    “Wouldn’t really call him acclaimed voice actor.”

    You don’t have to like him but that’s just straight up wrong. He’s the VA of the main character in both The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite, along with many other titles, and regardless of your opinion on the games (or my opinion for that matter) he’s easily one of the biggest names in the video game VA business at the moment.

  • Maiq TheLiar

    It seems out of place in that most of the community here frequent the site to get away from all the “social issues” clickbait from other sites. We understand you gotta make your money but geez do you gotta do it the way “those other guys” do?

  • Phelan

    Uh oh… and now without wikipedia please.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Reality tv show following a family of gypsies or whatever. The dad (the one being joked about) decides to have a sex change. I shouldn’t know this shit, fucking hate Bravo and everything it airs.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    It really doesn’t take wikipedia sleuthing to point out someone voiced the lead actor of the two largest games of 2013.
    For what it’s worth I’m pretty sure he’s also in Ground Zeroes (or maybe it’s The Phantom Pain, maybe both even) as one of the lead characters so it’s not like he’s waned since then either.

  • Laytonaster

    Quite. Troy Baker’s become one of THE most prevalent voice actors as of late. Unlikely as it may be, if he decides to put voice work for games behind it’ll be like freaking dominos. Voice actors leave because video game community is so intolerant? More voice actors look for more safer shores. Fewer voice actors? Lack of real talent leads to stagnation in several elements which require voice acting. Worst case scenario? Voice acting as a whole becomes even less prevalent because of such toxic community. Small things lead to big things. And such things don’t come to mind without a tinfoil hat.

  • Shadow

    A fundamental part of what makes a human is the ability to reason.

  • Phelan

    Oh ok. and now please name VA for Witcher 3, Blodborne and maybe Diablo 3… without google of course. If you can please name for english, spanish, deutsch, and french language…

    I had to check what he worked on… and trully none of his job was good enough to be remembered.

    Come on… he voiced Snow from XIII… nobody will convince me that he did good job on that. Tetsumi was ok… but nothing really worth remembering.

    Sorry that’s how it is. USA doesn’t have good VA. It has crappy ones just like the ones from my country. It’s not Japan where you have to be actualy profesional, where there is huge variety of VA to chose from.

  • Maiq TheLiar

    Which leads me to the point they everyone else is making. People just need to grow thicker skin. Or skin in general. It doesn’t take thick skin to not throw a hissy fit when someone contradicts your wold view.

  • We make little off each article, to be honest.

    This was something I genuinely wanted us to cover, as it will be casually brushed off by the mainstream gaming press, because it doesn’t fit into their narrative.

    However, I do agree that I don’t want our site to become “only” this stuff, if that makes sense?

  • MaidKillua

    I miss him being in all my weeaboo games. I know the guy they keep replacing him with sounds ALMOST the same but still. Do less crappy AAAs plz (nah theyre definitely paying him more)

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    2. Transexual who made the transition while talking about it on tv. No, you really shouldn’t care, it’s reality tv, it’d be like caring about a parasite lodged up your ass.

    3. Yeah but around here, Twitter is one of the biggest sources to spread word and get known but it’s filthy with thin skinned people.

    4. Gotta stoke the fires in the crowd to get people talking and spreading the word because if no one says nothing and allows this to happen, it will infect the next generation and then it will be broadcasted everywhere with the people in power doing what they can to appease their interest. I don’t wanna live in a world where I can go to jail for calling a blatant dumb ass a dumb ass nor a world where I’m technically a slave to women, and then there’s the fact all Western games and voice acting will be all be shit.

  • Phelan

    Because good gaming press doesn’t cover things like that? It doesn’t mean that you need to because the serious gaming press didn’t want to waste their time.

    But still there is more and more stuff like that on nichegamer :/ and it’s not a good thing from my perspective.

    There was this stuff about rainbow after Iwata-san death… that was so tabloid like… instead of writing good article about his legacy you wrote about a frigin rainbow.

    That’s not what game site should write about.

    I love you guys! I came mostly because of good reviews of nichegames and more spotlight to those games… but frankly speaking… I don’t want to read another Kotaku… and I hope that nichegamer won’t become anything like Kotaku or IGN. I stopped visiting those sites because of tabloid like stuff…

  • lucben999

    wut

    I think this guy just broke.

  • I can promise you that we will *never* go the tabloid route.

    We may have put out a few stories that weren’t exactly what we normally do, and I want to reiterate that these are not indicative of our regular coverage, or what we’re trying to do overall.

    Eventually I want us to have a regular stream of news, original content, editorials, features, and video content.

  • Renowned, yes. Been in a ton of huge titles, won awards. The Last Of Us, Arkham Origins, Shadow of Mordor to name a few. Was also Kanji in Persona 4 and P4G.

    Your ignorance of his identity does not change that fact.

  • Lex

    Nothing is off limits to comedy. I feel like Twitter’s not far off imploding, though.

  • ショタボーイズラ☆ Madoka

    It’s like you can’t even make a joke anymore without offending someone.

  • Ms_Fortune

    Its amazing how when Bruce became Caitlyn, all his past sins where forgiven and now he is a shining untouchable beacon of bravery.

  • Audie Bakerson

    “Caitlyn”

    His name is Bruce, and this farce is all to distract from the fact that he killed a person in a car collision (for which he was at fault) earlier this year. That’s it. He’s not even a real crazy man (hence why he’s so against castration), he’s just trying to avoid getting his ass sued.

  • Man don’t even worry about it, complaints like that come off no different than the people complaining news sites were “legitimizing” #GG because they dared to cover it, and I don’t think anyone not oversensitive actually thinks you’re gonna make this type of news the bulk of your content.

    These kinds of things aren’t always talked about elsewhere and this was the first I’d heard of it. Thanks for that.

  • Phelan

    2. Oh ok… so why people care? Or is there a custom to make such a big deal out of things going on TV? Why people even care? It’s so stupid to bother with things like this. Don’t people have better stuff to do?

    3. Around where? Sorry I don’t have twitter nor facebook… and i don’t feel that I’m missing anything when it comes to stuff related to gaming.

    4. The more you talk about silly things like this, the more of a big deal it becomes for society.

    People wouldn’t give a crap of majority stuff if it wasn’t so highly discussed by mass media. And nobody will change anything because bunch of no-name people over twitter said this or that.

    Really take a deep breath guys.

  • Ms_Fortune

    Man that is going above and beyond to hide yourself, holy shit.

  • Laytonaster

    He may as well just yell “I reject your reality and substitute my own!”

  • Phelan

    I’m pro GG not against it, and it was game related issue.

    This here… nope… not really. It’s tabloid article.

  • Audie Bakerson

    This seems to have been crazy enough to work with the media showing him with awards and praise and not one mention his manslaughter.

  • DariusQ

    Out of all the work Troy has done he will always be Vincent from the game “Catherine” to me.

    But yeah, hot button topics like Jenner (Bruce/Caitlyn, whatever) are definitely off the table on social media unless you’ve got nothing but glowing praise or scathing righteousness for detractors. Social media in general is a bee hive of bourgeois authoritarians. Killer bees.

  • Phelan

    Yeah… want to test yourself without access to internet? I’m quite sure you also know Doug Cockle, James Milton or Roger Smith…

    Uh how I love kids who think that knowledge found on the internet means having actual knowledge about stuff.

    But sure ignorance is bliss… even more when it comes to knowing what you actually know.

    I’m not going to pretend that I know someone when I don’t.

  • Audie Bakerson

    A man looking at manslaughter charges (because he rammed a woman while yaking on his cellphone, pic related) and or civil suit trying to get into a woman’s prison and or trying to get reduced charges by feigning mental illness

  • Audie Bakerson

    Liberals on social media are more like hornets, bees are producers, hornets are robbers, killers and pests.

  • Mr0303

    Go on, SJWs. Chase off one of the most beloved and well known voice actors ever. This will show the gaming community what monsters you truly are.

  • Raziel Barkrai

    Sometimes I wonder how Matthew Mercer feels about being Baker’s replacement. The guy seems really cool and I’ve heard he tries to play the games he voices in.

  • Fenrir007

    While I disagree this has no place here, if most of the users are against it, how about making a weekly article that quickly goes through smaller happenings in the industry, including things like this? Some websites do this. Do it in a bullet-point sort of way.

    This is just a suggestion that hopefully appeases to everyone.

  • Hmmmm, this is a good idea actually. Taking notes ;)

  • Phelan

    Don’t really aprove of using words like “weeaboo” even in sarcasic tone. But I do feel that the tone of article is exaggerated.

    Snow Villers, Delsin, Jake Muller… I could go on and go on.

    Those were NOT good works. Mediocre at best. Type of voice that can be replaced by everyone.

    He is not as good as Shimerman or Hayter. He was just selected for many games. But that doesn’t mean he is skillful.

  • Phelan

    It is a really good idea.

    That way people who are not interested in that stuff just won’t read it. And people who like things like this will.

  • Misogynerd

    Look, I’m not American, haven’t met any transgendered person, but they and their followers are the biggest drama queens of the Internet. If they want to be taken seriously they need to:
    – Question and advance the science, I don’t think we know enough about transgenderism to make absolute statements about it. Can it be treated? How should it be treated? Should we even treat it?
    – Stop making such a big deal about it.
    – Stop shaming people for not having X set beliefs about transgendered people.

    The only thing you’re doing with this shit is making people move to the right to avoid your stupid drama queen witch hunt.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Sad to see this kind of shit happening. People make jokes all the time. People took it the wrong way and blew it out of proportion. Really sad to see him quit Twitter over this.

    I wonder if the people who got offended intended to take it this far. Getting pretty hard to tell as of late… :/

  • Reyhip

    Scroll bars are still tricky for people to use even in 2015 I see.

    You guys should just be you. If you guys like these diversions every now and again, its cool. If an article being posted amongst all this other content is that much of a barrier or bother to using a site… First world problems.

  • Ms_Fortune

    This.

    All this does is set back trans acceptance more and more.

  • Cy

    At least he didn’t cave and offer some BS apology and accept his public shaming. He responded the way everyone should respond “it’s a joke and it’s sad you can’t deal with that”. And I can totally understand him leaving, I wouldn’t wanna deal with rabid SJW psychos on a daily basis.

  • Mr0303

    You have 0 proof that Danny used any type of source to list Baker’s roles (and if he did he’d need much more space).

    It is indeed very strange that you haven’t heard of him. He’s been in quite a few prolific Japanese games like Persona, Catherine and Final Fantasy.

    Even the official PlayStation Blog did a couple of interviews with him for his roles in The Last of Us and Infamous Second Son. You do seem to spend a lot of time on there and yet haven’t seen him once?

    Voice actors nowadays are similar to movie actors – they are a bullet point of the game. They have multiple interviews and videos prior to the release of the game. People interested in gaming usually come across those.

    To your initial point you not knowing who he is doesn’t make him less renowned. Not knowing Steven Spielberg doesn’t make him a niche director.

  • Fenrir007

    You can alternatively make it bi-weekly (maybe weekly ones are too much, I dunno), and if nothing happened in that particular week, you can always use it as a recap of articles you posted during the period (a second chance for them to shine). You can also mix both.

  • >Knowledge found on the internet

    Or I, you know, actually play video games.

  • Phelan

    Oh please… say that Snow, Delsin, Jake Muller etc were good roles. Tatsumi, Vincent? Those were not good roles. Those were a OK roles.

    He is a OK VA which just took roles in many games. That doesn’t make him a good VA. Just as it doesn’t make Adam Sandlers good actor just because he participated in more movies than better actors

    I’m totally frank. I had to check what roles he took… just to realize that I played many games he took part in… and after thinking for some time… I don’t remember ever noticing how his voice acting had groundbreaking impact for game.

    If he would be replaced by some no name actor it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

    He is not man of caliber of Hayter, Mando or Shimerman.

    I don’t have to know him.

    In western world most of good VA are real actors. Those from cartoons or anime dub… are rarely a good ones. Those might be popular in some circles… but for others they will stay unkown.

  • Troy Baker is a prominent name in video games. Ergo it’s related.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    2. Because people are idiots and enjoy such shows to talk about how the people acted. The ones making a fuss are just people who actually live to complain about anything capable of hurting anythings feelings, even if what was said is being misinterpreted by them, they won’t care and will make what was said worse. Nah, the brunt of them are college students who were brainwashed by gender studies with other people just joining in for the fame, fortune, power, or because they have no dick.

    3. Pretty much any country that revolves around technological based media. Game companies, Movie studios, TV channels, Music groups, Restaurants, etc all have Twitter accounts to give out information for the users of the site to help spread around. It mainly happens in the US but I’m sure Japan and Europe are just as crazy about it.

    4. Yeah but the same can be said for not talking about it. Doesn’t take much to become a politician these days, don’t even have to be a good person or right in the head.

    That’s just the thing, multiple American game and comic companies have bent over backwards for them and if you want something bigger, just look at the UK. Here in America, the media’s more interested in starting a race war but that doesn’t mean tons of people don’t use the internet a lot where they’ll get an eye full of these bozos messages and many

  • Phelan

    yeah… watched one of your rants on youtube… just to realize that I shouldn’t have actualy waste my time on you.

    Good day to you sir.

  • Phelan
  • Mr0303

    He is famous. So the definition fits him perfectly.

  • Ryan Barrett

    Either everything is funny, or nothing is. Here’s an EXTREMELY abrasive and non-politically correct comedic sketch that, as of this writing, seemed to offend about 115 or so people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-55wC5dEnc&feature=youtu.be

  • St Martyr

    FUCKED UP.

  • Mr0303

    I don’t like his performance too much either, but he is the most high profile voice actor in gaming. He has won multiple awards for his portrayal of Joel from the Last of Us and Booker for Bioshock. He even took the role of Joker from Hamil and did a serviceable job and even hardcore fans didn’t complain about it.

    All that being said it is not impossible to have never heard of him, but it is very strange. It is like not knowing who Kojima is. Perhaps you are not reading gaming sites. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to not play a game, in which he has a part.

  • Suraimu

    I dont know who any of those people are and I honestly dont care. I also thought I was in a videogame news site, not on twitter drama feed 2.0

  • Gamergater #7230

    Oh fuck these people, seriously. If we can’t laugh and tell a joke, what is the world coming to? SJWs will only ever be happy if the rest of us are miserable as fuck.

  • Phelan

    2. but isn’t nichegamer actualy doing exact the same thing now? Who cares that someone quit twitter. It’s not a drama, ya know? He had enough, and I understand him.

    He is private person. He can say whatever he want on his twitter. It’s not like he wast talking about games.

    3. True there are people who “live on twitter”. Who have to check 50x times what someone said on the internet.

    But don’t you think that it’s stupid way of living?

    4. You know why media love stuff like that? Because even the biggest moron can have his own opinion about stupid stuff like that. Opinions are like asses everyone have their own.

    Why there are discussions about religion, abortions, euthanasia, homosexuality, LGBT etc? Becuase you don’t need to be inteligent person to talk about it. You can be complete and utter idiot, and you will still have your own opinion, right? It’s not economy where you need at least some knowledge.

    I hate to talk about stuff like this. I really believe that only
    moron can argue about things like this. I on the other side… hate to
    waste my time on things like this.

    Wouldn’t you prefer to read heated up discussion about various models of… dunno… retirement system… or tax system?

    The more people get heated up by stuff like this, the more press will talk about it. It’s simple. Where is demand there must be also supply.

  • Arbitrary

    I was frankly of the impression that it wasn’t the transsexuals themselves who are the obnoxious assholes, but rather the usual, entirely non-transgendered SJW-trash, claiming to speak for them.

  • Thanatos2k

    Anyone can make jokes about whatever the fuck they want.

  • Gamergater #7230

    Just had a flick through the comments here and it seems pretty much EVERYONE hates SJWs. The only time these scumbags are ever happy is when they are busy attacking other people. They take pleasure in shitting on other people, cultures and subcultures, and laugh in our faces while they destroy our hobbies and our lives. Fuck them.

  • Arbitrary

    Holy shit; Phelan comes off as fucking nuts.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    So because I recognize a voice actor that’s been in big games that I’ve played (the aforementioned TLOU) and smaller ones as well (Kanji in Persona 4, Vincent in Catherine) I’m suddenly supposed to know every single VA for every main character in every big release in multiple languages?

    And besides the argument here isn’t “is he a good VA” but “is he a well known and respected VA” and the answer to the latter is clearly yes to pretty much everyone but you. I did google this single part I’ll admit, he has been nominated for and won multiple awards for his voice work.

    Also, and this is just a personal opinion, but if you think American VAs are inherently better than Japanese ones you really need to get your head out of your ass.

  • Phelan

    No no no… please don’t compare not knowing Baker to not knowing Kojima or Spielberg.

    I am reading gaming sites on daily routine. And believe me that I have vast knowledge about it… of course not about everything. But there are no people knowing everything.

    You would be really suprised how many people here in reality didn’t have any idea who was he. But they think that showing that they don’t know him is some grave sin, or will make them look as ignorant.

    Even after Iwata-san death I had strong feeling that many people didn’t actualy know him before reading that he died.

    It’s internet.

  • Thanatos2k

    Are you serious? He’s in like 50% of games. He’s one of the 12 people who’s in EVERYTHING.

    Saying you don’t know who he is just basically exposes the age of your video game knowledge.

  • Thanatos2k

    Are you seriously mad that people know more about voice actors than you do? Sit down, shut up, and learn something instead of lashing out.

  • Phelan

    Oh dewey dewey that’s why we love you, that’s why we admire you.

    “Also, and this is just a personal opinion, but if you think American VAs
    are inherently better than Japanese ones you really need to get your
    head out of your ass.”

    I actualy said something entirely opposite.

  • Phelan

    Ow well time to start flagging agresive posts.

  • Thanatos2k

    If game devs quitting Twitter is “driving them out of the industry” then they just drove Troy Baker out of the industry. Sounds like front page news.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I know you did, and I made an error with my post which has since been edited. My mistake.

    And honestly I have no idea what the hell you’re trying to get at with that first part unless it’s some kind of insult.

  • It’s bullshit. Troy Baker is one of my favorite voice actors, and he’s a damn good musician too. It was a simple joke, and nothing should be “off limits” when it comes to jokes; like others have said, either everything is ok or nothing is.

    These Social Justice freaks need to stop with this shit and just lock themselves away since they can’t handle the real world without being offended by every little god damn thing.

    I hope he doesn’t stay off twitter and eventually comes back, he’s a cool dude.

  • Phelan

    Error 404 – comprehension skills not found.

    Calm down, re-read again.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    It’s a witch hunt. It’s McCarthyism.

  • Thanatos2k

    I think you need to take your own advice.

  • Phelan

    so much hate is flowing in you. Calm down.

  • Phelan

    That’s actualy a reference to something :)

    Won’t spoil the fun though.

  • Phelan

    Calm down, re-read again.

    Most of people here started bashing for some stupid reason.

    So again, calm down.

  • Thanatos2k

    So much ignorance flowing through you. I’m not mad, I’m cracking up at all the backpedaling you’ve been doing since you got exposed.

  • Phelan

    chuunibyou?

  • Mr0303

    Yes I will. He is the biggest voice actor in gaming right now. I’ve seen you on PlayStation Lifestyle. They have multiple articles about him. He is mentioned in podcasts all the time. Kojima specifically picked him for Ocelott in MGSV. His cultural relevance in gaming is immense. Nolan North (do you know who he is?) had interviews with him talking about their rivalry.

    It is not a sin to not know who he is, but anyone reading gaming sites on a daily basis should’ve at least heard of him. Being interested in the game creation process meaning recognizing the creators and the actors behind the portrayals. Even with the off chance of still missing all his work evidence show that he is one of the biggest names in the industry.

  • Thanatos2k

    Childish delusions sound like right up your alley.

  • wererat42

    All he did was quit Twitter, which honestly everyone should do.
    Worst forum for discussion and b st way to have anything you say (or retwit or whatever) be taken out of context.

  • Misogynerd

    I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner herself would send people to harass other, but a lot of transgender people are very sensitive about their condition and can turn nasty quite easily.

    So the transgendered people are indirectly fanning the flames, and the community rarely condemns it from what I’ve seen, although I might be wrong there.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    2.People like to gossip about what they saw on reality tv shows.

    3. Any country that revolves around electronic media. Video game companies, TV stations, Music artists, restaurants, etc all have Twitter pages that tons of people follow for new information to spread to their friends.

    4. It only takes ignorance for evil to prevail, children are very easily manipulated into thinking false information is truth.

    You’d think people wouldn’t care about the SJW agenda but then there’s the UK and all the American game devs and localizers that have bent over backwards for them. Even Marvel and DC have done a ton to make them happy while angering fans of long established series while hiring people who can’t draw or write worth a damn.

    People didn’t think Hitler would be a threat and look at him now or any successful cult. Didn’t do anything until the lose of life was unavoidable with people following them because they thought it might make the world a better place or easier to live in. There are more stupid sheep in the world than people who think about their actions.

  • Eggard Snark

    OFF WITH HIS HANDSOME SEXY HEAD!

  • I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be ‘sarcastic” as much as it is term of endearment in the same vein of “animu” and “mango” referring to anime and manga. You’re sounding a little like a SJW…

    But seriously, Baker is one of my favorite weeaboo voice actors, and one of the sole reasons I can tolerate a dubbed anime.

  • Mephisto

    The account is still open
    https://twitter.com/TroyBakerVA/status/623752502958108672

    show some support

  • Yaminoari

    Troy baker Yuti Lowells voice actor from tales of Vesperia

  • XiaomuArisu

    Oh there were a lot of jokes about that topic

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    2. If I remember correctly, this guy is one of the few voice actors that’s hard to avoid in games and these people have gotten people fired before.

    3. Yeah but it’s the norm these days.

    If you don’t wanna talk about it, never mind then, sorry for bothering you.

  • Well that’s not creepy at all. lol

  • Thanks for the clicks though, every bit helps.

  • Jack

    These people are really trying to lash out at anything that ‘offends’ them. Today it’s jokes about trannies or something, tomorrow it’ll be the patriarchy and keeping women down, accepting whatever truths are nearest for them to grasp at and choke down their miserable throats

  • Michael Richardson

    The joke was in poor taste, but I’m not a fan of these social media witch hunts.

  • DeusEx

    If you can’t express things with humor, the only thing left is hate.

  • Mephisto

    Makes good points as always

    https://youtu.be/6-INi_XZeGs

  • RincewindtheMad

    Jesus fuck, can’t these people take a joke?

  • Tyrannikos

    You aren’t wrong. An ex-friend of mine is one of the folks totally leading the charge against Baker here. She’s transgender.
    My sister in-law is also transgender.

    Both are very quick to anger about this subject. I understand it’s an emotional subject for them and would expect intense passion in their responses, but honestly, most of the time they utilize shame, censorship and guilt against those they dislike rather than education and patience.
    The worst part is that education and patience are not encouraged within the community at large. Making fun of, mocking and yelling at those who could stand to learn some more about the subject is what is pushed amongst the transgender community.

  • All jokes are always good. Period.

  • Holyfox25

    But remember guys, only #GG harasses people off twitter; SJWs never do that… :P

  • Syndromic

    So the social justice tentacles do its usual assault again.

  • Misogynerd

    Thanks for some confirmation on my thoughts. If this continues, then sorry, but transgender people only stand to lose from it. I’ve mentioned many times the sensitivity training episode of P&T Bullshit and they concluded that the program harmed those it claimed to help, because it made them ticking time bombs for when they could sue the company for millions, so they hired as few of them as possible.

    What’s also disconcerting about the transgender issue is the suicide rate and the discussion around it. The LGBT allies claim because it’s about bullying and lack of operations while the more extreme right wing claims it’s because of the operations and lack of medication. In all of these arguments nobody bothers looking for the answers, what did the suicide notes say? What are the struggles the community really faces?

    Plus the evidence for the “transgender people have different brains” and “transgender people are like schizophrenic people” is pretty inconclusive. Just pisses me off that people are more interested in having a political fight over figuring out stuff.

  • dsadsada

    I still don’t understand what makes Caitlyn a big deal other than Bruce was already somewhat famous. We’ve got plenty of transexuals you can see everyday including some working in the entertainment industry where I live. And I live in a third world catholic country.

  • anonme

    Especially given that one of their sins involves potentially getting someone killed in a car accident.

  • Like Whatever

    I swear to God, it feels like making fun of Caitlyn Jenner has become more taboo, than making fun of Mohammed. I actually joked with one of my friends about a “Draw Caitlyn Jenner Day” or that one day, MAD Magazine might make a Caitlyn Jenner comic and have their offices shot up by radical SJWs ending with a “Je Suis Alfred E. Neuman” hashtag. And yet, it feels like it’s only a matter of time until this joke, like “trans-racial”, becomes reality.

  • Muten

    Wow so many comments, i don’t know who this person Troy was making fun of is, but it must be like 9/11 jokes of something.

  • Cred

    that’s the right way to respond
    if everyone responded that way then no one would have to care that
    the SJW get offended by everything anymore

  • chroma816

    If you can’t “slut shame”/”kink shame”/etc., you can’t “joke shame”. All SJWs do is change who the accepted targets for jokes and criticism are and get “offended” when people don’t follow their dogmatic bullshit.

  • Ippiki Okami

    I swear that SJWs are ruining everything.

  • chizwoz

    It’s a bit insane. Although I have to say I don’t get this whole abandoning twitter thing. Why don’t people just logoff for a week?

  • Zanard Bell

    At least someone still had to balls to stick it up to the SJWs before leaving Twitter.

    The other just plain doesn’t have by choice, ain’t I right, BRUCE Jenner?

    (I like how this clown car of insanity right after gay marriage has been legalized that transsexuals have become untouchable. You’d think he’s a Slaaneshi god or something.)

  • Cody Long

    troy baker’s kinda hot

  • Krysanthia

    Fair enough, although I don’t know what censorship has to do with anything. Doesn’t matter how many people are putting Troy on blast, they can’t remove what he said. I’ll say something actually on topic, but to finish my thought in a less annoyed way – I’m aware of how prolific he is (I loved him in TLoU, Joel is easily my favorite male protagonist in any game I can think of partially because of his portrayal), but I can’t bring myself to think of voice acting as so big a part of gaming to be frontpaged like this, it feels…icky, I can’t really explain it any better. Doesn’t help that some of the people in this comment section seem to be taking it as their cue to start misgendering Caitlyn and bashing her like this was her fault in the first place, but I digress.

    Anyway in response to the actual article, I feel like Caitlyn is a grown woman and can take care of herself if she feels like his joke was really bad. I can’t say if it was or not, I *still* don’t even know what the joke actually was. I do feel a slight amount of Schadenfreude seeing as a lot of time when people use trans ppl as the butt of a joke (not in a clever way, just “hehe girl with a penis” “laugh track plays”) it gets glossed over – so I guess I’m mixed about it. I’d rather it was responded to in kind, with humor rather than vitriol though. Getting all SJW on Troy isn’t really the way to get a good point across.

  • Krysanthia

    If I didn’t give a shit about this place, I wouldn’t have said anything at all and just probably started coming here less. I would rather not ignore something I didn’t like if it’s on a website I really enjoy going to, especially when there are so few like this one.

  • Thanatos2k

    Their offices would never get shot up. SJWs are notoriously lazy and never actually take their activism offline into the real world. (Except pre-arranged “safe places” like conferences). It’s not called Slacktivism for nothing.

  • Thanatos2k

    Bruce Jenner was married to a Kardashian. That should tell you all you need to know about where the suspicious nonsensical fame came from.

  • Like Whatever

    True, I think Jim (InternetAristocrat) said it best, “When SJWs say they’re gonna get shit done, well…that’s all they’re gonna do, is just say it”.

  • buddyluv324

    This crap is spreading harder than the black plague and ebola combined. At this point though its only going to get worse.

  • Raiden

    Ironic they’re calling him transphobic, when he got his big break in voice acting by playing Persona 4’s Kanji Tatsumi. The mascot of LGBTQ characters in Video games.

  • Raiden

    Most Social Justice Warriors don’t actually care about REAL Social Justice, they only care about their own agenda and making themselves feel superior to others.

    Don’t call them SJWs because they aren’t. call them what they really are, bullies.

  • Raiden

    McCarthyism? More like a Mafia.

  • Sylveria Shini

    SJW’s are relentless. He could be gone a year and the day he comes back he’d be hit with a deluge of insults and death threats/wishes. They’re like blue-haired elephants.

  • JackDandy

    “Social justice” in a nutshell

  • SiliconNooB

    SJWs are spiteful, horrid creatures.

  • REAPER

    SJW’s need to get shot. From a cannon. Into the sun.

  • Kiryu

    SJW`s not only cant take a joke i think they are not even human.

  • landlock

    Ironic since SJW’s are a joke.

  • Kiryu

    Indeed they are.

  • Kiryu

    And they bully everyone who doesnt agree with them into silence or even worse they destroy our reputation or get us fired from our jobs,totalitarian fascists.

  • Phelan

    My pleasure.

  • Phelan

    Me SJW? nah.

    Dubbed anime? Nevah :P

  • Tanooki

    it’s not even really a joke about caitlyn jenner. it’s more of a joke about brett michaels, and it mentions jenner

  • Phelan

    Stopped listening podcasts a long time ago. Sadly I don’t have time for it. Had to check about articles, and you are right. He was mentioned there several times… but each time he was mentioned there he was speaking about games.

    No he is not. Stop comparing him to guys like Kojima or Spielberg… there really isn’t any point in doing so. It’s like saying that Adam Sandler is highly aclaimed actor just because he played in more movies than guys like Ledger, McKellen, McConaughey or Hardy. I’m quite sure that some people will know Sandler and not recognize other names I listed. It’s similar in case of Baker. I didn’t know him. Played the games he took roles in, but didn’t bother to know him. But I know various others more skilled VA which probably would be novum for those he keep getting their knowledge from silly articles like this one.

    I didn’t know him. Never even bothered to remember his name, just as majority of people don’t bother to remember the names of designers, writers or people making soundtracks for various games. (In fact I do bother)

    It’s kinda funny how this holy crusade started “HE DOESN’T KNOW BAKER, BURN HIM ON STAKE” that’s more or less how it looks from my perspective. And no I don’t consider him widely known. Sorry that’s how I think. He might be known in some niche circles for example guys who watch anime with english dub (now that’s a waste of good anime :P). He might be known by some who liked/didn’t like his VA in games and checked him out. Maybe you did know him, and from the “level” of your reply, I would be even willing to believe that.

    But if we were discussing IRL maybe 1/10 of guys flaming here would know his name, what he is doing, and list at least 10 games he worked on. That’s how it is. On internet everyone is super genius with IQ over 180.

    I won’t pretend that I’m omnibus knowing everything. You can laught at that if you want.I know what I know, and more than once argued here with people who have not even a speck knowledge about licensing, localization, rating etc. But still those people pretended to know everything… just like they are doing now.

    Do I consider Baker worth remembering? Nope. Do I know many VA? If I had to name them I would probably list around 7-8 of them (and I mean without checking wiki). Not much, right? But hey. That’s as far as I can list.

    So I would be greatful if you wouldn’t question my knowledge about gaming industry. Again, never before and not even know I considered Baker worth remembering.

    I hope that I explained myself. As you see, I’m not a type who would argue for the sake of arguing. Yes I do take pleasure in discussing, but on civilised level.

    I’m not some SJW (had to check that on wiki yesterday) but I don’t like people who start bashing or braging that they know everything when they clearly don’t.

  • Mr0303

    Baker is the equivalent of Heath Ledger in gaming. He’s won the equivalent of a gaming Oscar. Coincidentally he also played Joker.

    Nobody is blaming you for not knowing him. You can’t know everything. You claimed that he is not renowned, which is simply not true and when people pointed that out your started throwing accusations of them reading it off of Wikipedia. You yourself said that you only know about 8 voice actors. That is not your forte – fair enough. Then why not trust people who are more knowledgeable in that area rather than claiming that everyone is trying to be a smartass? Plus the 1/10 IRL statistic is completely fictional.

    I’ve been perfectly civil and backed my statements with plenty of evidence.

  • Madbrainbox

    Life’s better without Twitter.He made the right choice.

  • ivanchu77

    Fuck twitter, facebook and all related social media sites, stopped using it forever ago and i don´t miss them one bit.

  • Phelan

    Surely you jest! Jokes are supposed to be funny though. And yours is not.

    HE IS NOT. Equivalent of Sandler, that I could agree. Ledger? no… just not.

    And I didn’t say that you weren’t civilised in your replies. The oposite of it.

    Ow well… let’s end this here. I think that it would be pretty pointless to continue this discussion at this point. I don’t agree with you, and I don’t think that you are right. You on the other hand won’t agree with me.

    So… kinda pointless right? Let’s shake hands and move on to the bright new future.

  • Mr0303

    “HE IS NOT. Equivalent of Sandler, that I could agree. Ledger? no… just not.” – great evidence to support your argument! I completely agree with you now. Even after you yourself said to not have great knowledge about voice actors.

    You didn’t address any of my points. What you have there is a belief and not an opinion.

  • Phelan

    Because you didn’t have any arguments to begin with. @.@

    We were just talking… but your last post was way too hostile for me to accept that.

    What arguments?

    What that he got “some” reward? That it was for you “equivalent” of Oscar? Really VGX reward being equivalent to gaming oscar? Or did you meant D.I.C.E? Are you even reading what you are writing? Absurd.

    Jokes are meant to be funny. Yours is not. What you are doing here, is throwing some of yours believes depicted as quasi facts. That’s big no-no. The worst of it, is that you actualy believe that jibberish thing you made up to prove your point.

    If you meant to to prove that he is well known… we can discuss it. But comparing him to Ledgar… come on man.

    You yourself didn’t prove to have “great” knowledge about VA. You proved that you knew Troy Baker and I believe you.

    But whatever this is my last post in this thread. I’m tired.

    Good day to you sir.

  • dsadsada

    It’s pretty clear from the people who’ve replied to you that you’re in the minority opinion.

  • Zanard Bell

    But not space whales. They’ve been through enough.

  • Mr0303

    Yeah. DICE and VGX are the gaming equivalent of Oscars. Those are proof that he is renowned despite your opinion of those organisations.

    I wasn’t joking about anything I said.

    Do tell what I’ve made up. That he received rewards? That he is one of the most popular voice actors in gaming?

    “If you meant to prove that he is well known… we can discuss it. But comparing him to Ledgar… come on man.” – another brilliant rebuttal I see. With a incorrect spelling of Ledger’s name.

    I am by no means an authority when it comes to voice actors but the fact that I know about him is what is relevant. Plus the burden of proof is on you. Prove that he is not popular or very well known. Show an example of a VA who is leagues above him in fame.

    And to top it off I am “hostile”, for being sarcastic about your baseless statements. Well apologies. I didn’t know you were so delicate that being questioned scares you. This is all just fact less sophistry and avoidance.

    Good day indeed.

  • Feniks

    Beware the wrath of offended dolphins though.

  • Feniks

    Yep bullying is wrong unless they do it.

  • mrfusspot

    It wasn’t even a joke against Caitlyn. It was a joke against Brett Michaels and Mickey Rourke. People getting so up in arms and butthurt about this shit are completely stupid.

  • Kiryu

    They know what’s best for us.

  • Raiden

    Do you think that when we discover intelligent Alien life, SJW’s will tell us to stop watching Star Trek and Star Wars for it’s ‘inaccurate and racist depictions of Martian-Americans’?

  • Raiden

    Look, I’m not going put myself on a high horse to say I haven’t called BS when I see BS when it comes to race and sexism in media. But this is line refuse to cross. this isn’t Social Justice, this is just freaking bullying, so don’t blame us for coming to the defense of the one being bullied.

    I stand with Troy Baker do you?

  • NightmareNear

    Poor Troy no one deserves treatment like that from a joke. It’s like why Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t do he stand-ups at unis anymore because they are too PC (politically correct).

  • NoMasters

    Founder AND Editor-In-Chief? You’ve clearly never taken a basic journalism class. This isn’t journalism, its a pandering opinion piece.

  • Pyritie

    I’m fond of the term “politically correct police” myself. It’s much more accurate to what they do, and then you don’t have to explain to people that they don’t actually have anything to do with social justice at all despite the name.

  • Swinny UK

    Exactly what Troy said, people are *choosing* to be offended. I seen the replies to him on Twitter, calling him transphobic as if this conclusion is an undeniable fact and not just a label that they made up on their own after seeing a second-hand joke and *choosing* to be offended by it.
    What’s worse, I find the way that these oversensitive, hyper-politically correct pansies act to be much funnier than the joke that Troy posted lol…

  • JackDandy

    Don’t listen to people who feign interest in your site.

    Do what you know is right.

  • JackDandy

    The anti-censorship angle is very important, and shouldn’t be brushed aside just because a few people don’t like it.

  • Or weeb, can’t tell which is worse. You’ve obviously never watched the Panty and Stocking or Black Lagoon dub, in which case you should consider Seppuku.

  • Phelan

    so much hate…

  • Alistair

    Yes SJWs never do that, they just tell that gamers ID are dead & gamers are like the terrorist IS that lead up to GG.

    When a SJW tell a joke Or tell a truth I can’t but sigh. lol ?

  • Just a little bit. But only towards those who show a bit of elitism.

    You: Dubbed anime? Nevah :P

    Yeah, have you watched Panty and Stocking yet?