Animegate is even dumber than all the other ‘gate’ movements

First came Gamergate. Then came Comicsgate. Now there’s Animegate. What exactly is Animegate? It sprung up when sexual harassment allegations surfaced against voice actor Vic Mignogna. He’s known for his English voice-over work of Japanese anime shows that were dubbed for English-speaking viewers.

People who are pro-Animegate contend there’s no evidence Mignogna sexually harassed anyone. They created the #animegate and #istandwithvic hashtags.

I strongly disagree with Animegate. I think Vic Mignogna is a creep.

These photos are from Anime News Network and they feature Mignogna posing with a 14-year-old girl at a 2014 convention:

 

Animegate is even dumber than all the other 'gate' movements - Bent Corner
Notice the right hand under the girl’s jacket. Creepy.
Animegate is even dumber than all the other 'gate' movements - Bent Corner
Creepier.
Animegate is even dumber than all the other 'gate' movements - Bent Corner
Creepiest.

Funimation conducted an internal investigation concerning Mignogna’s behavior and announced they would no longer work with the voice actor. Rooster Teeth did the same. How could they not? All they had to do is look at the three above photos posted by Anime News Network. Why would any company want to work with Mignogna? Generally, reputable businesses don’t want to work with creeps like him.

Ordinarily, I try to see both sides to a controversy before making up my mind. Before I was against Comicsgate, I was for it. I thought comics were too expensive and the books were delving too much into identity politics. Eventually, I could not ignore the underlying base of hatred and bigotry the hashtag movement attracted and fostered. In retrospect, I wish I had noticed it sooner.

Animegate is one hundred percent wrong

I’m having a hard time seeing both sides when it comes to Animegate. This is about as cut and dry as you can get. People who are supporting Mignogna must not have looked at the photo evidence. That, or they don’t see a problem with a 51-year-old man putting his hands and lips on a 16-year-old girl.

In conclusion, I think anyone supporting Vic Mignogna needs to reassess their position.  In this case, the sooner the better.