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Yooka-Laylee Update Removes Controversial YouTube Star’s Voice Work

| March 23, 2017

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YouTube star Jonathan “JonTron” Jafari has been embroiled in controversy over remarks he has made in regards to race, immigration, and various other heated political topics. The controversy has been building for some time, with little sign of letting up. Today it has manifested in actual consequences within the video game industry, with Yooka-Laylee announcing that they will remove his voice work from the game.

The announcement was made in a scathing rebuke of JonTron and his philosophies.”We recently became aware of comments made by voice artist JonTron after development on Yooka-Laylee had been completed,” said Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic.

“JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”

It is rare for a game developer to make such a clear political statement, though with the incendiary response that JonTron has received from practically all corners of the internet, it is likely not a very controversial stance for them to take. There’s no word on how long it will take for the content update to arrive, so players will likely still encounter JonTron’s work shortly after launch.

Yooka-Laylee releases on April 11th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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  • Sangria Crusader

    I can’t say I disagree with everything Jontron said. Immigrants SHOULD assimilate into a country’s culture- not expect a country to bend over backwards to appease their barbaric policies. Sharia Law has no place or value in a civilized society. There’s nothing wrong with expecting immigrants to adhere to U.S. values and laws.

    I didn’t hear all of what Jon said, but I don’t see anything wrong with his assimilation remarks.

    • Sexy Mcgee

      This makes little sense as U.S. values have run the gamut since the country has existed. We know exactly what the anti-MuslimMexican racists are after. Drop the pretense.

    • DucksonAPlain

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Damn Amendment

      And the fuck you talking about Immigrants for? Muslims have existed in this country for a long ass time. The U.S. should already not have laws that are meant to prohibit the practice of their religion (within reason, no one is saying they should be allowed to imposed the darker parts of Sharia Law, except the assholes all the immigrants are trying to get away from). They don’t need to assimilate into anything, they’re already here.

    • weasel5i2

      So many uneducated people go on rants about the “threat” of Sharia law but never seem to have any issue with ridiculous, oppressive, bass-ackwards Christian laws being enacted all the time..

      • Garlador

        As a proud, conservative, Republican Christian man…

        … I agree. We can and have done a lot of harm we turn a blind eye towards.

    • Garlador

      As a Native American, I’m still waiting for all you settlers to learn how to do a proper Pow Wow.

  • Mike Ellissou

    JonTron raised valid points. Black criminality is a serious issue that needs to be addressed in our society, but people freak out whenever someone brings it up. FBI stats show that black people comprise 13% of the population and:
    – 52% of murderers
    – 56% of robbers
    – 33% of agg. assault offenders
    – 30% of burglars
    – 35% of gang members
    – 44% of cop killers.

    No one should lose a position like this for speaking the truth about an important social and criminal issue. This is political correctness run amok yet again.

    • Garlador

      You’re missing a ton of context here.

      Chiefly, that black people are convicted for these crimes at a statistical rate far higher than white people on trial are. That’s actually the topic of the article JonTron even linked too that he apparently didn’t fully read or comprehend. The whole point was that the court system will more readily convict a rich black man for a crime than they will a poor white man, and the article explored the discrimination of the police and judicial system for why that’s the case.

      It’s not so black and white (no pun intended). One of my friends is a police officer who talks about how the city makes them patrol “urban” areas far more frequently than white neighborhoods, even know they know there’s plenty of criminal activity in the white neighborhoods. Black people are more likely to be pulled over, more likely to be accused of crimes they didn’t commit, more likely to be falsely convicted, more likely to be subject to search and possession, black neighborhoods more likely to be patrolled by police thus resulting in widely skewed statistics like the above, etc.

      There’s more nuance there than just numbers. The article explored what those numbers meant and WHY, and you might be surprised to know that the blame was levied more at the police and the judicial system than an entire race of people.

      • Mike Ellissou

        It looks like you’re confusing correlation with causation. To address just a few points:
        1. Hot spot policing has been shown time and time again to be the most effective way of reducing crime. Police officers police high-crime areas much more than low-crime areas because it’s the most effective use of their time.
        2. Black people are more likely to be pulled over because they disobey traffic laws more than white people. There was an incident years ago where blacks alleged the police were pulling them over for because they’re racist. Their evidence? The number of blacks pulled was was disproportionate to the black share of the population. Researchers did a huge study, using radar and cameras to check the speeds of 26,334 drivers and found the the number of blacks being pulled over was actually proportional to the number speeding. This boils down to people playing the race card. It’s just more silly allegations of racial bias. Drive like a responsible citizen and you won’t get pulled over.
        3. Black people are subject to search more because they illegally carry more often. FBI stats they make up 13% of the population but 57% of illegally carrying convictions. What’s more, the National Gang Center estimates they comprise 35% of gang members.
        4. The idea that black people are more likely to be falsely convicted is false. The National Registry of Exonerations shows that blacks’ exoneration rate per crime is roughly equal to their conviction rate per crime, demonstrating no racial bias. Just the fact that blacks commit far more crime than other races.

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