Ubisoft has announced that two episodes Of the buccaneer podcast in Watch Dogs: Legion, voiced by Helen Lewis, will be replaced in the upcoming patch.
The publisher decided to cut out replicas in the voice of Lewis after users Of Twitter and the ResetEra forum massively complained that the girl adheres to transphobic views. This conclusion was made after they discovered an article that Helen Lewis wrote for the British newspaper The Times in 2017.
Lewis called her column “a Man can’t just say that he’s turned into a woman” and criticized the proposal to simplify gender reassignment in the UK at the legislative level.
The government is proposing a radical change in the way we understand identity. It is transferred to the area of internal decisions — or spiritual ones, if you like. Be a woman or a man-this question is offered to solve the head.
from an article by Helen Lewis
After that article, Helen Lewis was referred to as a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist, transphobic radical feminists).
In response, the journalist wrote an article for the New Statesman, which she called ” welcome to the era of ironic bigotry, in which old hatred was disguised as a new Wake-language.” In it, Helen Lewis compared those who use terms like TERF to anti-Semites and said that such rhetoric is used as a cover for hatred towards women-like the one that arose during gamergate.
Ubisoft noted that the developers of Watch Dogs: Legion did not know anything about the views of Helen Lewis, as the casting of voice actors for in-game podcasts was handled by a third-party Studio.
The publisher also stressed that the lines voiced by Helen Lewis in Watch Dogs: Legion have nothing to do with her and do not convey her views. At the same time, Ubisoft came to the conclusion that the very fact of Helen Lewis’s participation in voice acting may offend certain groups of people and therefore decided to replace her replicas — and also promised that it would carefully check its partners.
Apparently, in the patch, Ubisoft will remove the releases of in-game podcasts voiced by Helen Lewis, and replace them with re-voiced materials with the same scenario.
Watch Dogs: Legion was released on October 29 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.