Actress Lily Gao has returned to social media to fight back against the abuse she suffered while playing Ada Wong in Resident Evil 4 Remake. This came after she was spammed with hate comments and was forced to stay off social media around the time her game launched.
Gao said in a statement that much of the hate she receives stems from the fact that many Asian characters, such as Ada, are often not voiced by Asian actors. She states that such inauthentic casting “perpetuates an unhealthy image that further dehumanizes the communities they seek to reflect.” said she was a “survivor” and “absolutely not a stereotype”.
“It is an honor to be the first Asian actor to play Ada in a Resident Evil video game. said in a statement..I took a break from social media.
“Criticism is expected, but it’s not the first time actors of color have faced racist or sexist harassment for simply participating,” she continues. It’s time to stop using only the mysterious and mysterious Asian women and create a space that celebrates all kinds of Asian women.”
“My Ada is a survivor. She’s kind, fair, intelligent, and funny. She’s unpredictable, resilient, and non-stereotypical.”
This statement seems to be aimed at those who criticized Capcom for hiring Gao over Ada’s previous voice actors who were not Asian. Asking for a Thing was criticized for sounding very different from Ada’s previous voices.
The reaction from fans seems to be mostly supportive, especially after many saw the level of harassment Gao received after the launch of Resident Evil 4 Remake. Or try to downplay the seriousness of the hatred sent towards her.
Either way, it looks like Gao’s take on Ada will soon be heard more. Gao’s statement didn’t mention her future activities as Ada, but there’s no doubt she’ll head up Separate Ways whenever it launches.
At this point, we don’t even know if it’s a paid DLC or a free update. But thankfully, Mercenaries were just added at no extra cost and are a good fit for this new game mode.
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