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The Controversial Dragon Ball Audio Leaks Shows How Toxic Fanboys Can Be

The amount of mental gymnastics on display would overpower Goku.

Hoo boy, we got ourselves a doozy here so strap in. Alleged outtake Dragon Ball audio recordings apparently involving a number of popular voice actors – including the one for Son Goku – have leaked online, causing the anime company, Funimation, to trend online and the emergence of toxic fanboys from their basements.

So why is Funimation getting all this attention from toxic Dragon Ball fans? Well, that’s because the stuff said in those leaked audio clips is incredibly offensive.

Put it this way, you won’t look at Goku or any of the other characters in the same light after hearing them say a heap of homophobic, sexist and racist “jokes.” Needless to say that these clips are pretty NSFW.

However, this merely scratches the tip of this whole saga.

This leak happens to coincide with the legal battle Funimation is in with popular voice actor Vic Mignogna, whose relationship with the anime company ended when he was accused of sexual harassment by several fans.

As a result of this leak, we’ve ended up with three camps of fans:

  • Those who are decrying the leaks as something that’s ruined their childhood memories of Dragon Ball and Goku, and think the recordings count as fireable offences.
  • Those who think these leaks are nothing more than funny jokes between the voice actors.
  • Those who are using the leaks as a way to defend Vic Mignogna’s alleged actions and calling out Funimation for double standards.
Yup.

The reaction from the first camp of fans is perfectly understandable. If you’re Funimation, you don’t want your Dragon Ball voice actors using up company resources to record offensive stuff like this and why they haven’t been fired is a valid question (which is a story for another day).

Things start to get problematic when we get onto the second camp of fans who don’t see the issue with the recordings. “Jokes” that are clearly offensive and inappropriate are being normalised rather than shot down, and it’s this sort of attitude that contributes to the toxicity of online fandoms.

And then we have the third camp of Vic Mignogna defenders and boy are we stepping into some toxic territory here.

While there’s an argument to be made as to why Funimation (understandably) fired Mignogna but not the Dragon Ball voice actors, there are fans who are taking way too far by using the leaks to defend Mignogna and to denounce the women (and the #MeToo movement by extension) accusing him of harassment.

It’s fair enough to be offended by the leaks and for wanting the Dragon Ball voice actors to be fired for sullying Goku. But making offensive jokes and multiple women coming forward with their stories about a guy who allegedly harassed them are two completely different things. Just because one bad thing happen doesn’t mean another worse thing didn’t happen.

Trying to suggest that these two incidents are equal makes absolutely no sense and it just shows the mental gymnastics toxic fans will go through just to prove that their argument is “right.”

So to those who just can’t see just why the Funimation Dragon Ball audio leaks and the Vic Mognogna saga are two different things, the “toxic” people clapping back against you aren’t the problem. You’re the problem.

The MeToo Movement Changed Men's Behaviour After All, Just Not In The Right Way

You had one job, men, and you screwed it up.

After the MeToo movement kicked off back in 2017, we saw several powerful men in the entertainment business be exposed as disgusting harassers of women.

But rather than the movement being a good opportunity for dudes to learn more about the harassment women face, it seems like guys in workplaces have only become even shittier.

According to a University of Houston study that was conducted across various industries involving both men and women in 2018 and 2019, the MeToo movement has basically caused men to become more reluctant to interact with female colleagues.

The 2018 survey found 15% of men were reluctant to hire women for jobs that required close interaction while the 2019 survey saw that number rise to 21%. When it comes to hiring “attractive” women, 19% of dudes say they’re reluctant to do so.

But the most telling statistic is a whopping 27% of men now use the “Mike Pence” method of interacting with people of the opposite sex at work – i.e avoiding one-on-one meetings with female colleagues completely.

Yep, nearly a third of dudes would rather hide in the bathroom than be alone with a woman at work.

It wasn’t men that were affected by this post-MeToo landscape. Women were found to be increasingly wary of hiring females, with more than 10% of men and women admitting that they’re less willing to hire an “attractive” woman.

The study also found a surprising amount of backlash as a result of the movement. While 74% of women said they’re more willing now to speak out against harassment, 22% of men and 44% of women predicted that men are now more likely to exclude women from social activities.

But here are the two most depressing statistics: 56% of women said they expect men to keep harassing them but would take more precautions against getting caught and 58% of men predicted that dudes would have greater fears of getting falsely accused.

Interestingly, the study found that both men and women have the same idea on what constitutes as harassment, which indicates that workplaces should focus less on identifying what is harassment and put more time towards training that educates employees about sexism and being, you know, a good person.

So all in all, it seems like men have learned all the wrong lessons after MeToo kicked off and instead of being better they’ve somehow become even worse.

Good grief, men. You had one job and you screwed it up. Be better, not worse. The bar has inexplicably been lowered even more so the only way is up from here. Hopefully.

Women Educating Men About Harassment Is The Internet Thread We Need

Read and learn something.

Women’s safety and harassment are two issues that demand our attention, particularly over the last few years. But despite the seriousness of these topics, men still don’t quite “get” it.

So to educate everyone on just why women’s safety and harassment is such a big deal and why men need to pay more attention, an internet thread on the AskWomen subreddit was started to educate them on the topic.

Titled “Whilst social awareness of sexual harassment towards women seems to be on the rise, what are some areas within this issue you wish men paid more attention to that they still seem oblivious to or outright neglect?” the thread quickly picked up a heap of steam as many women shared story after story.

The whole thread is full of eye-opening insights and harrowing anecdotes about the many ways men act inappropriately and things they need to pay attention to.

Here are just some of the important highlights:

“Regarding physical contact: if you wouldn’t touch a male coworker/friend/boss in that fashion, don’t do it to your female coworkers/friends/bosses. I’m looking at you, hugs-in-the-workplace-guy and rubbing-shoulders-in-the-gym-guy.”

Nope.

“I had a male friend get very upset that I wouldn’t take the light rail downtown by myself at night. I’ve had too many things happen to me to feel comfortable doing so.

His response was “Well I take it all the time and I’m fine.” That’s great! You’re also over 6’ and power lift. He just couldn’t wrap his mind around me not feeling safe.”

“Just because I’m at a concert without a man doesn’t mean that I want my ass grabbed by random strangers. Don’t dance up on me. Don’t touch me.”

“Don’t take it personal when a girl is weary of you at first. I’ve seen way too many dudes take it super personal and blow up if a girl turns down a drink from them that she didn’t see get made, or if she takes any sort of extra precautions. They don’t realize that women don’t know who the good and bad ones are.”

“Asking personal questions and pressing or telling you to “relax/calm down/etc” when you say you’re not totally comfortable providing that info yet.”

“We KNOW that is is “not all men.” The issue is that it only takes one man to ruin or end my life, and I have no way of knowing which stranger that could be.”

“I don’t care how well you know him and how good of a guy you think he is, I am allowed to not be attracted to him and you shouldn’t pressure me to just “give him a chance.”

Men should definitely read up on the thread here in order to not only understand just how big of an issue women’s safety is, but also to open their eyes on seemingly innocent gestures they do to women but are in actuality quite problematic.

And if you’re a guy who immediately responds to any of these comments with “NOT ALL MEN”, then you’re definitely one of those men and you need to get learning, my dude.

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