Internet weirdos have been harassing a Resident Evil 4 actress for not being sexy enough in the remake.
Given how well received the Resident Evil 4 remake has been, you’d think that most fans would be happy that the series is enjoying such commercial and critical success.
Some people are never happy though and a small group of vocal fans have criticised the performance of the enigmatic Ada Wong, who is played by actress Lily Gao in the remake, reprising her role from the live action Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City movie.
Rather than keep their complaints to themselves, or share constructive criticism in a forum, ‘fans’ have opted to directly insult, harass, and threaten Gao on her Instagram page, prompting her to disable her comment section and delete almost every post she’s made.
The only post that remains is one she put up in 2020 about ‘the role of privilege’ from the National Association of School Psychologists, along with an ‘amplifymelanatedvoices’ hashtag.
The scrubbing of her account means we can’t share any screen caps of the abuse but, sadly, this kind of vitriol is common enough that none of it comes as a surprise.
‘You ruined the remake. I feel like I just wasted my money by buying the Deluxe Edition to get this VA to dub Ada,’ was one of the more reserved comments.
‘Your voice acting was horrible in the RE4 Remake. It sounded super stiff and there was nothing seductive about it? It didn’t fit at all OMFG I hope they don’t hire you as Ada’s voice actor for another game,’ said another.
It’s unclear if there were any death threats but given how freely they’re thrown around by some gamers it wouldn’t be surprising.
The situation is reminiscent of when Laura Bailey was harassed for her role as Abby in The Last Of Us Part 2, not because they didn’t think her performance was good but because they were unable to distinguish between her and the actions of her in-game character – or the fact that she was just an actor reading her lines.
Once word caught on about Gao’s harassment, other fans jumped onto Twitter to defend her and express excitement about seeing more of her as Ada in the Separate Ways DLC.
Indeed, we noted in our review that the Ada character, who only has a few minutes of screentime in total, was a highlight of the game and a useful juxtaposition to the, understandably, less capable Ashley.
Said DLC hasn’t been officially announced, but references to it was spotted in the remake’s files via datamining. Considering it’s the one major piece of content missing from the game it seems safe to assume Capcom is working on it.
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